Municipal Credit Union awards Brooklynite with college scholarship

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Prospect Heights

Three cheers for Brooklynite Kristen Palmer, a graduating high-schooler who was recently awarded a $5,000 college scholarship!

The Municipal Credit Union awarded Palmer the 2019 Anna Mae Massy Memorial Scholarship, given each year to union members and their immediate family who graduate high school with outstanding academic and extracurricular achievement.

Palmer, who was selected from an original pool of more than 350 applicants, will use the funds when she attends college next fall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she plans to study computer science.

A resident of Prospect Heights, Palmer is graduating from Poly Prep Country Day School later this month.

At school, Palmer serves as the president of the Girls Who Code club, and participates in the Science Olympiad club. She also works as a peer tutor and competes on the fencing team.

Outside of the classroom, Palmer has interned at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and worked at the Innovation Space Summer Camp, where she counsels young children on the basics of engineering. Palmer also volunteers with multiple nonprofits, including her work as a web designer for the human rights organization Rockaway Women for Progress.

Palmer is one of 22 recipients to receive scholarship money from the MCU, which awarded $71,000 this year, and nearly $1 million since the program began 26 years ago.

Standing O salutes Kristen on the scholarship, and the Municipal Credit Union for its generosity!

— Aidan Graham

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Posted 12:00 am, June 25, 2019
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Beverly says:
$5000 will buy her about 20 minutes of College at current prices. That's got to be the tiniest scholarship ever awarded.
June 26, 2019, 7:06 am
Faith says:
Congratulatons to Krystal on your many, many accomplishments in academics, sports and community service! Getting into Poly Prep was fantastic. But getting into MIT is a STUNNING achievement!!! Otherwise, I'm surprised that anyone would look down on a gift of $5k, even in these days of $60k a year college tuition. Perhaps they'd like to cover your computer, printer, top-of-the-line scientific calculator, school supplies and books for the next four years? Or if you already have that covered, perhaps they'd rather fund your Freshman, Sophomore or Jr. Year Abroad? My guess is that they won't be coughing up the cash. But thanks to your credit union, your most important incidentals will be covered, just fine. Have a wonderful school year! Going to MIT? You make the good people of Brooklyn proud.
Aug. 29, 2019, 11:06 pm

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