The Sam S. Politz Scholarship Fund was established in 1987 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 scholarship was formed to assist in raising the standard of living and bettering the human welfare, dignity and development of the youth in Louisiana by providing financial assistance to students.
BATON ROUGE AREA FOUNDATION AND ASSOCIATED GROCERS, INC. ANNOUNCE THE 2018 AG – SAM S. POLITZ SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
An Independent Selection and Review Committee (appointed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation) has announced two winners of the 2018 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:
Jonathan Aphaiyarath of New Iberia, LA
Jonathan is the son of Phouthasone and Bounthanom Aphaiyarath. He attended Westgate High School in New Iberia, LA where he held a 4.0 GPA and ranked 1st in his graduating class of 119.
Among his awards while at Westgate High School, he was the 2017 – 2018 Student of the Year, the Principal’s List Award recipient 2014 through 2017, and he received the Perfect Attendance Award all four years of high school. He was the National Honor Society President during his senior year, Beta Club Vice President, and Student Council Vice President in his junior and senior years.
Jonathan has been active in many clubs including the New Iberia Kiwanis Club, Key Club, Octagon Club, Glee Club, and Diversity Club. He participated in the AHEC Summer Volunteer Program where he shadowed several departments of the Iberia Medical Center. He also took part in the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center’s Day with Doctors program at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine touring the facilities and interacting with medical students.
His community service work includes serving at the St. Francis Diner soup kitchen, securing donations for UNICEF’s annual Trick or Treat fundraising program, and working with the Upward Bound Program to make care packages distributed to the homeless.
Jonathan will be attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this fall where he will major in Biological Sciences. After earning his undergraduate degree, he plans to go to medical school, and ultimately pursue a career as a Neurologist.
Marcus Shallow, of Elton, LA
Marcus is the son of Benjamin and Mineko Shallow. He attended the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, a residential school for high achieving and exceedingly motivated students, located in Natchitoches, LA. Marcus attended LSMSA from 7th through 12 grades where he held a 3.88 GPA and scored a 33 composite on the ACT.
He received numerous honors and awards during his high school career, including the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America 2017 Cohort Scholar, the 2017 Questbridge College Prep USA Excellence Award. He was the sole high school junior in Louisiana selected to receive this award for academic merit and potential. He was the National Honor Society Ambassador from 2016 through 2018, and he was an honor student from 2014 through 2017.
Among his school organizations, he was the President of the Future Business Leaders of America 2016 to 2018, Vice President of the National Beta Club 2016 to 2018, Senior Class Senator of the Student Government Organization, and he was the Secretary/Treasurer from 2016 to 2018 of the Students Promoting International Cultural Exchange Club.
His volunteer and community service include being an academic tutor, collection drives for local food pantries, and as an active member and volunteer in his home parish of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elton.
Marcus has chosen to major in Biology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. After he obtains his bachelor’s degree, he will pursue a PhD/MD with an emphasis on molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. His goal is to pursue a career conducting research in molecular medicine and genomic analysis.