Senior Emma DeLaRosa Receives Prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship


Photo by Mark Friese

Story by Sarah Flakus, Nicole Haberek, and Carli LoPresto

Photo by Mark Friese

Last Wednesday, SHS senior Emma DeLaRosa won the Martin Luther King Jr. Trust Scholarship worth $20,000.

This scholarship is awarded to 12 people across southeastern Connecticut who demonstrate moral character, a strong dedication for learning, and who can understand and follow Dr. King’s mission.

Starting in summer of 2019, DeLaRosa wrote an essay responding to King’s “A Letter from Birmingham Jail,” filled out an application, and went through an interview process in order to receive this high honor. Then, on Wednesday, many members of the SHS administration and three members of the scholarship board surprised her with the good news.

DeLaRosa will attend and speak at the annual scholarship dinner, honoring all those awarded at the Mystic Marriott on October 17.

When asked how she felt about this great accomplishment, DeLaRosa responded, “I am so grateful for the board members’ selection of me for this award. I cannot even put it into words how much this means. It’s definitely one of the best things that has happened to me.”

DeLaRosa has always been one of the school’s top students, taking rigorous classes and being a part of many extra-curricular activities. She is on the executive board of the French Honor Society, and a member of the National Honor Society and Interact club. Throughout her high school career, she has taken a mixture of honors and AP classes and succeeded in attaining high grades all four years.

Everyone at SHS is so incredibly proud of DeLaRosa, and are so excited to see the great things she will do in the future.