Dishawn Richard awarded scholarship

As a parting gift from the Southeast CUNA Management School Class of 2016, the Student Scholarship fund was established with the goal of helping smaller credit unions benefit from the extraordinary educational opportunities available through attendance at the Southeast CUNA Management School. The scholarship, which covers tuition and expenses for the recipient to attend the Southeast CUNA Management School in Athens, GA, will continue to be funded by the Classes of 2017 and 2018. The recipient must be a CEO of a credit union $10 Million or less.

Congratulations to Dishawn Richard, CEO of Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office Credit Union in New Orleans, Louisiana for being selected as the recipient of the SRCUS Student Scholarship. Dishawn holds an Associate Degree in Applied Business which was awarded to her by The Tulane University School of Continuing Studies in December 2013 and is also a Certified Credit Union Financial Counselor. Richard is excited about the opportunity to further her professional education through attendance at the upcoming session of the Southeast CUNA Management School, which kicks off in just a couple weeks. Although she has worked in the credit union industry for more than ten years, she knows that there is always something new to learn and is looking forward to the intense coursework and networking opportunities that SRCUS presents.

“I have a number of professional development objectives that I’m confident (SRCUS) will afford me. Newly learned skills and cutting-edge information will allow me to be even more effective and efficient for my credit union. Another exciting prospect is the opportunity to meet, befriend, and network with my peers in the world of credit union management. I have heard much from alumnae about the personal and professional value of the friendships they formed while attending Southeast CUNA Management School,”explained Richard. “In short, I cannot wait to get started!”

The Southeast CUNA Management School’s mission is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to meet the leadership challenges that arise in the credit union industry. Over the course of this three-year program, students receive advanced academic instruction on a variety of topics including management, leadership, and financial analysis. Students also apply the knowledge gained from the on-site sessions to projects that require strategic analysis of their credit unions and research of relevant issues facing the credit union industry. Upon successful completion of the program, students received a graduation diploma issued in conjunction with the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education. Graduation from the Southeast CUNA Management School is recognized throughout the credit union industry as a prestigious mark of achievement. There are only a few spots left for the upcoming session; for more information or to register, please visit

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