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.
The Selection and Review Committee of the Associated Grocers – Sam S. Politz Scholarship Fund has announced the following three winners for 2016. These scholarships are valued at $1,000 per semester for up to eight semesters, to the graduating high school students who meet all the required criteria.
This year we congratulate the following three outstanding students:
Caroline is the daughter of Fred and Anne Matthews. She attended St. Joseph Academy in Baton Rouge, LA where she held a 4.655 GPA and ranked 1st in her graduating class of 265.
Among her awards while at St. Joseph Academy, she received an Academic Letter for achieving a 3.5 GPA, SJA Service Award, AP Scholar with Honor, she placed first in the Mathematics Category in the SJA Science Fair, and she was a Taylor Awards Program Scholar.
Caroline has been active in many clubs including Respect Life, French I, II, III and IV, Key Club, Science Club, Art Club, Beta, National Honors Society, SJA Ambassadors, and National Charity League, of which she was President in her sophomore year.
Caroline also participates in many church and community activities including a special needs baseball league - Miracle League, Volunteers of America Oak Park Plaza, Vacation Bible School at her home parish of Most Blessed Sacrament, Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, Battered Women’s Shelter, VOA Parker House, CASA Barry House, and the Baton Rouge Wheelchair Tennis Association.
Caroline will be attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas this fall, where she has been accepted into the Business Scholars Program, the University Honors Program, and the Pre-law Scholars Program.
Hanna is the daughter of John and Stacy Ott. She attended Lafayette High School in Lafayette, LA where she held a 4.09 GPA and ranked 1st in her graduating class of 552.
She received numerous honors and awards during her high school career, including Psychology Academic Award, Outstanding Chemistry I Student, Outstanding Algebra II Achievement, and Overall Best Writer English III AP Award.Among many school and community organizations, Hanna has been active in National Honor Society, Beta, Key Club, Link Crew, and Environmental Club. Her community participation includes being a CSA Youth Assistant Volleyball coach, and volunteering at Acadiana Animal Aid, a non-profit/no-kill animal shelter.
Hanna has chosen to major in Biology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. After she obtains her bachelor’s degree, she would like to go to medical school and study endocrinology. She plans to become a pediatric endocrinologist specializing in identifying and treating childhood diseases such as diabetes and thyroid disease. This goal was inspired by her own diagnosis of hypothyroidism and her ultimate return to a healthier condition, with the help of her own endocrinologist.
The Associated Grocers – Sam S. Politz Scholarship application may be obtained online at www.braf.org.