The Mountain West Credit Union Association announced this week its winners of the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award, the Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action and the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards.
The celebration will be especially merry for the $3.1 billion Desert Schools Federal Credit Union in Phoenix, which won all three awards in their financial grouping ($1 billion or more in assets).
The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Recognition Award was given to Desert Schools FCU for the $1 billion or more credit union group. The $792 million TruWest Credit Union in Tempe, Ariz., won for the $500 million – $1 billion asset category, while the $408 million First Credit Union in Chandler, Ariz., was named the winner of the $200-$500 million credit union assignment.
The Louise Herring Award for Philosophy in Action recognizes the credit union with the best implementation of credit union philosophy in its operations. The awards were won by First CU ($200-500 million) and Desert Schools FCU ($1 billion or more).
The Desjardins Youth Financial Education Awards were given to the $382 million Pima Federal Credit Union in Pima, Ariz., ($150-500 million) and Desert Schools FCU ($500 million or more), which won for both youth and adult education awards.
“At Desert Schools we believe in giving back,” said Susan Frank, president/CEO of Desert Schools FCU. “With so many opportunities to be involved in our community and support organizations coming together for all different causes which touch lives and have a positive impact on those in need, it’s an honor for us to be recognized for our outreach efforts.”
All awards will be presented at the annual International Credit Union Day celebration events in Phoenix on Oct. 17 and Tucson, Ariz., on Oct. 18.
Each recipient will also be entered into CUNA’s national competition with the winners to be announced in late February, the MWCUA said.