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What is the Cooperative Leaders and Scholars Institute?

NCBA CLUSA's Cooperative Leaders and Scholars Institute (CLSI) is your 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 and thought leaders, policymakers, and other key stakeholders. 

All participants of CLSI will:

  • Attend the full Co-op IMPACT Conference, from October 7-9, 2020, free of charge

  • Participate in exclusive orientation and networking events designed specifically to meet their interests and broaden their understanding of the impacts of cooperatives, mutuals, and credit unions have on their members, communities, and the broader economy

  • Receive a $500 travel stipend and shared accommodations at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, DC

  • Participate in a one-day, pre-conference course on cooperative management from Saint Mary's University

  • Attend the Co-op Festival on the National Mall (optional)

  • Participate in the Co-op 5K (optional)

Submit An Application

Scholarships to CLSI 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

Interested applicants must complete an application and include a letter of recommendation.

Sponsor A Participant

Your organization can help CLSI continue to flourish by sponsoring a young leader. You may either name the the individual attendee(s) you wish to sponsor or you may sponsor an additional spot open to those applying to our scholarship program, above. CLSI sponsorships cost $2,000 per person. 

All applications may be submitted using the button above and requests to provide sponsorship must

be emailed to Gregory Irving at

Thank you to our 2019 CLSI sponsors!