The Cooperative Leaders and Scholars (CLS) is an opportunity to develop and engage employees, board members, and post-secondary students with participation in a national cooperative conference and exposure to co-op industry thought leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders.

CLS participants will:

  • Participate in a welcome dinner and orientation
  • Attend the Co-op IMPACT Conference from October 5 - 6 in Washington, DC
  • Attend the Cooperative Hall of Fame reception and awards ceremony on October 6
  • Participate in a Saint Mary's University cooperative management course

Scholarships are open to:

  • Young professionals (ages 18 - 35) beginning their career in cooperative business, credit unions, and mutual insurance.
  • Post-secondary students of any age with an interest in co-ops, credit unions, and mutual insurance.

Application deadline is July 31. Scholarship awardees will be announced on August 12. Contact Julia Selig at for more information. 

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