Dakota Credit Union Association (DakCU) is pleased to announce the 2021 winners of the state-level Desjardins Financial Education Awards. These prestigious awards honor credit unions for their financial literacy efforts in the communities they serve.
The entries from the Dakotas were judged by an awards committee made up of eight judges from the Minnesota Credit Union Network. Each credit union will be recognized with an engraved award plaque during the 2022 Annual Summit in Rapid City, SD.
Congratulations to these first-place winners who will now advance for national judging at the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) along with credit unions from around the country in their same asset category.
Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award
Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award
Second-place honors for the youth award category went to Bluestone FCU, Sioux Falls, SD; and North Star Community CU, Maddock, ND. Capital CU received a second place in the adult award category.
The Desjardins program is named after the credit union pioneer, Alphonse Desjardins, who was instrumental in forming both the Canadian and the U.S. credit union movements. The award recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages. In his day, Desjardins established youth savings clubs and in-school "banks," known as caisses scolaires for the purpose of educating students about finances.
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