Awards & Recognition

Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame

The Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame was established to recognize credit union leaders who have given outstanding lifetime service on behalf of credit unions. In order to be considered for Hall of Fame induction, a person must first be nominated. A suggested (but not concrete) guideline for nomination is 25+ years of service or unusual achievements/service on behalf of credit unions. Mississippi Credit Union Hall of Fame categories include Lifetime Volunteer Achievement (for volunteers, active or retired) and Lifetime Professional Achievement (for executives/employees, active or retired).

To nominate someone, submit the nomination form linked below. Hall of Fame nominations can be submitted at any time, but are due no later than FEBRUARY 15 of the current year in order to be considered for induction that year.

Mississippi Advocacy Awards

Recognizes credit unions & individuals that participate in advocacy initiatives structured in defense of the credit union movement. Simply complete 3 or more advocacy initiatives in a calendar year for recognition. Learn more about the Advocacy Awards here.

Credit Union National Association’s National Awards Program

CUNA’s National Award Programs are designed to recognize credit unions which demonstrate very specific, unique and distinguished activities that set them apart from the crowd in the areas of social responsibility (the Dora Maxwell Award), the credit union philosophy (the Louise Herring Award), and financial education (the Desjardins Awards).

Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award

This award is given to a credit union for its practical application of credit union philosophy within the actual operation of the credit union. It is awarded for internal programs and services that benefit membership.

Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award

This award is given to a credit union or chapter/multiple credit union group for its social responsibility projects within the community. The award is given for external activities.

Desjardins Financial Education Awards

This recognition program considers all activities supporting the personal finance education of members and non-members.

National Awards Program Entry Details:

  • To streamline the submission process, there is one standardized format and online submission process for credit unions.
  • When compiling your entry, please keep in mind that judges look for only the most “extraordinary projects with well-defined, measurable goals” to recognize. Entries should be for a unique undertaking; fund-raising and supporting national charities are worthy projects but are not easily distinguished from other credit union’s projects. Requiring a focus on one extraordinary project with well-defined, measurable goals makes the judging & scoring more equitable.

How to Enter

  • There is a is $50 entry fee per entry, per category.
  • Mississippi award entries must be completed & uploaded to the online award entry site no later than JUNE 30 of the current year for judging. The award entry site will close on June 30; please make sure you have completed your entry prior to that date.
  • All entries must be submitted electronically.
  • Mississippi’s National Award Entry site is https://cunaawards.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/MSCUA/home.
  • You will automatically establish an account when you create an application to submit your first project at the site listed above.  You may save your work and return to the submission site as often as needed as long as you complete and submit all parts of the project submission by the deadline.
  • Mississippi award entries must be completed & uploaded to the online award entry site no later than JUNE 30 of the current year for judging. The award entry site will close on June 30; please make sure you have completed your entry prior to that date.
  • If you have questions regarding the electronic entry method, the time period the awards cover, etc., use the FAQ link at the top of the award entry site. If you’d like to get a feel for award-winning activities, use the Previous Winners link at the top of the award entry site.