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Welcome to the Elly Awards

Have you or someone on your training team excelled at finding innovative solutions? We’re seeking nominees for CUNA ELLy Awards – presented annually at CUNA Experience Learning Live! (ELL!). The awards recognize innovative and unique initiatives of take-charge trainers across the nation who are the driving force behind the credit union movement's progress.


Experience Learning Live! is an annual event for trainers to learn from industry experts and to be recognized by their peers nationally. It’s being held this year in San Diego, Oct. 2-5. For the full schedule and registration, check out cuna.org/ell.


CUNA ELLy Awards are your opportunity to showcase your dynamic training styles and ideas that move your credit union forward. Get the recognition your professional development program deserves.


The Details

There is a $125 fee for applying for the ELLy awards*. This will be invoiced to the credit union after the submission close date, Aug. 7.

Applications for which the fee is not paid in a timely manner will not be considered in the judging.


If you submitted an ELLy award application last year, you can use your previous credentials on the left hand side of the screen

If you have not submitted an ELLy award application before, select "My account" on the left then on the next page you will enter your information under "Create a New Account" to submit your application.

If you are having trouble getting the application to load, please click this link


*The $125 fee is per award applied for.  If your credit union applies for two awards, the charge would be $250.00


Award Categories

WOW! Award

This award is presented to the credit union with the best overall training program or event- one that inspires learning, teaches skills that go beyond the classroom and leaves participants empowered.

Strong candidates for this award have:

  • Created a single training event (for example: annual all staff training) or an entire curriculum (for example: new employee orientation) that energizes, empowers, and excites participants.
  • Led an experiential training program or event that has had a significant effect on the organizational culture.


Training Professional(s) of the Year Award

This award honors exceptional achievements in performance and learning by a credit union training professional or department.

Strong candidates for this award have:

  • Made significant impact or has taken an innovative approach to the learning and development of staff.
  • Cultivated a highly productive and engaged training participants.
  • Documented increased training success as a result of their contributions.

eLearning Award

This award demonstrates how technology-based training was incorporated into, and enhanced, credit union training programs.

Strong candidates for this award have:

  • Embraced technology as part of the credit union’s learning culture.
  • Successfully incorporated eLearning into staff training and credit union culture.
  • Documented exceptional results related to increased technology.