Emily White ‘19 Receives Merit Scholarship from Michigan State University

Christina Yasutomi

Emily White ‘19 has received a college-sponsored Merit Scholarship from Michigan State University (MSU), where she was invited to participate in the school’s prestigious Honors College and Residential Business Community this fall.

“I would like to especially thank my family for providing me with the educational opportunities that have influenced my academic growth throughout these past 13 years at HBA. I would also like to thank my friends who have supported me, shaped me into the person I am today, and encouraged me to look forward to the next chapter of my life,” said White. 

White, who has attended HBA since kindergarten, is a recipient of one of 4,000 National Merit Scholarships that are underwritten by about 190 colleges and universities. Only finalists who plan to attend the school that sponsors the scholarship are considered. Winners are chosen by officials of the sponsorship college or university. 

In February, White was announced as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP), along with her classmate, Reanne Inafuku ‘19. To participate in the program, students must take the PSAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Both White and Inafuku were among 15,000 students competing for scholarships in the final round. 

Adam Hu ‘19, Lauren Uchimura ‘19 and Kasen Wong ‘19 were also recognized by the NMSP with a Letter of Commendation. While they did not qualify for the scholarship program, they were among the top 50,000 students in this year’s program.