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Chance at Co-op Scholarships

By Victoria A. Rocha | ECT Staff Writer Published: August 14th, 2012

If you’re under the age of 30 and a co-op professional, you have a chance to attend the upcoming annual meeting of the National Cooperative Business Association free.

NCBA is offering scholarships for young co-op professionals to attend its annual conference. (Photo By: Eric Audras/Altopress/Newscom)

NCBA is offering scholarships for young co-op professionals to attend its annual conference. (Photo By: Eric Audras/Altopress/Newscom)

NCBA is teaming with the Cooperative Trust on “Crash NCBA,” a program offering 15 scholarships to young professionals to attend NCBA’s annual meeting and co-op conference Oct. 2-5 in Seattle. The deadline for applications is Aug. 23.

Applicants can be full- or part-time employees, volunteers, members or directors. Applicants must also represent co-ops that are NCBA members. Recipients will pay for transportation and lodging, although NCBA is trying to secure sponsors for housing.

“We’ve done crash events for credit unions, but this is the first time we’re doing it for multiple co-op sectors,” said the Cooperative Trust’s Theresa Hilinski. “It’s a way to introduce young folks to the conference scene.”

Founded in 2010, the Cooperative Trust seeks to develop interest and careers in the cooperative business sector, especially among young people. It sponsors meetings, mentorships, online collaborations and development projects.

Scholarship recipients will be able to attend regular sessions and breakout meetings during NCBA’s annual meeting. There will also be some special events for young people, including an Oct. 3 meeting of the youth committee of the International Year of Cooperatives.

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