BATON ROUGE AREA FOUNDATION AND ASSOCIATED GROCERS, INC ANNOUNCE 2013 SAM S. POLITZ SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
BATON ROUGE, LA – An Independent Selection and Review Committee (appointed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation) has announced the two winners of the 2013 Associated Grocers – Sam S. Politz Scholarship. These scholarships are valued at $1,000 per semester for eight semesters to graduating high school students who meet all the required criteria.
This year we congratulate the following two outstanding students:
Ashley Alexander of Prairieville, LA
Ashley is the daughter of David and Dacia Alexander. She attended Dutchtown High School in Geismar, LA where she held an impressive 4.6870 cumulative GPA and ranked 2nd in her graduating class of 466, excelling in five Honors and Advanced Placement classes. She also
received the Super Senior Award based on academic excellence, standardized test performance, attendance, citizenship, and participation in school-related activities.
Ashley participated all four years in Varsity Soccer and was the president of the National Honor Society her senior year, along with also being voted Homecoming Queen by the student body. Ashley is an active member in her youth group at church and was also involved in many community service events throughout her high school years. She spent much of her high school career dedicating her time to mission trips, service organizations, and community volunteerism.
Ashley will be attending Louisiana State University this fall majoring in International Studies and Business. It is her desire to use her education to better understand the social, economic, and political issues that exist and take action. Ashley’s ultimate goal is to manage a non-profit organization.
Ashley’s future aspirations are to serve others and change the world. “My strongest conviction remains to be an individual who lives a life for more than just myself and my own pleasure,” said Ashley. “I want to live as a servant to those around me and be a vessel of hope.”
Brandon Deshotels of Zachary, LA
Brandon is the son of Donald and Sandra Deshotels. He graduated from Zachary High School with a 4.0 cumulative GPA and ranked 1st in his graduating class of 311 excelling in Honors and Advanced Placement classes. He received numerous awards and honors including the National Merit Commended Scholar Award.
Brandon participated on the wrestling team and received the Team Student Athlete Award all four years. He was an active member of the National High School Beta Club and was also
involved in many community service events throughout his high school years. Brandon continued to break all molds as he maintained an involved, well-rounded high school career.
Brandon is pursuing his dream of attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA and majoring in Biochemistry in the Honors College. He chose this major after job shadowing a local neurologist and designing a model of a human neuron using an electrical circuit and a bathtub. After graduating from college, Brandon plans to attend a top tier medical school and become a licensed physician.
Brandon intends to eventually study abroad, but stay involved in the community. “I hope that I can use my education and career to give back to the community as Associated Grocers has done for me,” says Brandon.
The Sam S. Politz Scholarship Fund was established by the generous retail members of Associated Grocers and is dedicated to the memory of Sam S. Politz, a former President and Chief Executive Officer of Associated Grocers, Inc.
The Associated Grocers – Sam S. Politz Scholarship applications may be obtained online at www.braf.org.