Desjardins Youth / Adult Financial Education Awards

About the Desja​rdins Awards

CUNA created the Desjardins program to recognize leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages.

Naming these awards after Alphonse Desjardins ​emphasizes the movement's long-time commitment to financial literacy. Besides founding the first credit unions in Canada and the U.S., Desjardins pioneered youth savings clubs and in-school "banks," known as caisses scolaires.

Credit unions compete with others in their asset category for the Dora Maxwell award. State level winners are recognized annually during the Chairman's Awards Banquet at Convention. First-place winners are forwarded to CUNA for the national competition.​

Eligible Activities
These awards programs consider all activities supporting the personal finance education of members and non-members, including, but not limited to, face-to-face teaching using proprietary materials and curricula, such as the NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP), as well as financial literacy leadership efforts.


Click here for entry form​

2019 statewide winners were recognized at the League Convention, and they were featured i​n this video​.​​​

2019 Winner descriptions were published in this program at the Chairman's Awards Banquet.