HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne resident Andrea Roy, a student graduating from Passaic County Technical Institute, was named as the recipient of the 2019 John Purroy Mitchel Memorial Scholarship by Municipal Credit Union, according to a statement from MCU.  Roy intends to put her scholarship money towards studying biology at Ramapo College, aspiring to be a doctor.

"With the help of the New York Credit Union Association, the 2019 MCU Scholarship Winners were selected from a competitive pool of more than 350 applications. Applicants were evaluated on academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service and involvement, letters of recommendation, and an essay expressing personal goals," a statement from MCU read.  "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."

Roy is a member of the National Honor Society, leader of the Key Stone volunteer organization, member of the Christian Student Association, and PCTI student council.  She has also volunteered at Hawthorne-based Van Dyk Park Place Assisted Living Center, logging in over a hundred hours.  She also raised money in excess of $1,500 to benefit Girls Rising, a non-profit international organization to help educate and protect girls, and she is active with the youth group at her church.  At PCTI, she was appointed to the Leaders Emerging Among Peers Committee, which works with the school administration regarding community involvement and alterations to the cirriculum.

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"Andrea truly embodies our credit union’s tradition of 'people helping people'," a statement from MCU said.  "In fact, she not only received our MCU Memorial Scholarship, but was also awarded the New York State Credit Union Association Scholarship."

According to the Municipal Credit Union, $71,000 were awarded in scholarships this year, Roy receiving one of nine $5,000 awards.  Additionally, MCU awarded $2,000 grants to thirteen others.

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