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MCU Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners


Municipal Credit Union is pleased to announce that this spring, we awarded $71,000 in scholarships to college-bound graduating high school seniors: nine memorial scholarship grants of $5,000 each and 13 grants of $2,000 each.

The annual MCU Scholarship Program is part of the credit union’s long-standing corporate commitment to youth education across the greater New York City area. Since its inception 24 years ago, the program has awarded nearly $1 million to graduating high school seniors.

Our winners truly exemplify the best of the best. With the help of the New York Credit Union Association, these 22 exceptional young men and women were selected from a competitive pool of more than 350 applications based on qualities such as academics, community service, and leadership. We’re proud to congratulate them!


Andrea Roy

Andrea Roy, winner of the 2019 John Purroy Mitchel Memorial Scholarship. Andrea is not only a gifted student at Passaic County Technical Institute, she is passionate about helping her peers and community. She will use her scholarship to attend Ramapo College, with the hopes of becoming a doctor one day. Read more.

Devin McCarthy

Devin McCarthy, winner of the 2019 Thomas Diana Memorial Scholarship. A graduating senior at South Side High School in Rockville Centre, Devin McCarthy is a student leader, competitive athlete, and active community member. She will use her scholarship to attend the accelerated Physician’s Assistant Program at King’s College. Read more.

Leila Gomez

Leila Gomez, winner of the 2019 Louise DeBow Memorial Scholarship. A top competitor in the gym and in the classroom, Leila will graduate Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School in Jackson Heights, Queens this spring. Leila will use her scholarship to attend Cornell University. Read more.

Isaiah Elysee

Isaiah Elysee, winner of the 2019 Charles Faulding Memorial Scholarship. Isaiah is a graduating senior at Greater New York Academy in Jackson Heights, Queens who is dedicated to both being a leader within his school and community. He will use his scholarship to attend Andrews University. Read more.

Ryan Kim

Ryan Kim, winner of the 2019 the Willie James Memorial Scholarship. A student leader with a love for writing, Ryan is a graduating senior at Stuyvesant High School in Downtown Manhattan. Ryan will use his scholarship to attend the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Read more.

Kristen Palmer

Kristen Palmer, winner of the 2019 Anna Mae Massey Memorial Scholarship. An accomplished student with a passion for science and technology, Kristen Palmer is a graduating senior at Poly Prep Country Day School in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn. Kristen will use her scholarship to study computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read more.

Imera Reyes

Imera Reyes, winner of the 2019 Julian I. Garfield Memorial Scholarship. An AP student and performing arts enthusiast, Imera will graduate from New Rochelle High School this spring. Imera says that performing for many different audiences inspired her pursue a career that will help others. She will use her scholarship to attend the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University. Read more.

Michael Ott

Michael Ott, winner of the 2019 James McKeon Memorial Scholarship. A student athlete with an interest in medicine and research, Michael Ott will graduate from Valley Stream High School North this spring. Michael will use his scholarship to attend Binghamton University’s honors college, where he will study biology with the intention of attending medical school. Read more.

Alex Charkowick

Alex Charkowick, winner of the 2019 Malachy T. Higgins Memorial Scholarship. An honors student and graduating senior at Wantagh High School, Alex combines his love for the beach and passion for helping others as a lifeguard and volunteer. He will use his scholarship to study engineering at the University of Buffalo. Read more.

We’d also like to recognize our $2,000 MCU Scholarship Grant Winners: Jadhia Harper, James Kim, Tshetrim Yozer Lhendup, Dahlia Giselle Michilena, Blessing Njoku, Sean O'Sullivan, Kaylee Owens, Brian Rodriguez, Samantha Sabah, Kyle Sahadeo, Timothy Paul Warner, Kymea Wong, Kathryn Yaeger

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