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Arthur receives National Merit 3M Scholarship

Anna Arthur

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced that Hudson High School senior Anna Arthur was part of the first group of Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners as part of its 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

"I am very proud to be named a National Merit Scholar. It's kind of crazy because this entire thing started in the basement of St. Pat's church at the PSAT, and I never thought I'd get this far," Arthur said. "Receiving a scholarship is just another reason for me to continue my love of learning and my motivation to learn."

More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations. Arthur was a recipient of the National Merit 3M Scholarship.

"Next fall I am actually not attending college yet. I am joining the Marines as a reservist, so in October I'll be heading to basic training and will continue to train for my job in the field of computers in the Marine Corps," Arthur said. "After that, I'm headed to Madison starting in the fall of 2020. I'm not sure what I want to major in, probably something in the sciences but it's really variable right now. I'm sure that whatever I do I'll enjoy and put my heart into."

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met the criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

"Again, I'm not sure about what I see myself doing for a job/career after college. I'm definitely not opposed to working for the government in some conjunction of science and politics, as I'm interested in both," Arthur said.

Although Arthur loved a vast majority of her classes in high school, she holds a special place in her heart for her science, English, German and band classes.

"I love science because of how it can be applied to my everyday life. I love English because of how emotions can be moved and described through words. I love German because it taught me that the world is larger than Hudson. And I love band because of the people I have met and music I've made," Arthur said. "The one class I'm not a super big fan of is math, but even that helps me in science and other parts of my life."

For Arthur, winning a National Merit Scholarship is a great accomplishment and a huge honor, but taking one test isn't everything and it doesn't begin to acknowledge the people in her life who have succeeded in other ways.

"As for graduating from Hudson High School, I'm kind of freaking out about it. But I'm also excited for the next stage of my life," Arthur said.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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