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 two winners for 2017. 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 two outstanding students:
Mackenzie is the daughter of Jamie Andrews. She attended East Ascension High School in Gonzales, LA where she held a 4.65 GPA and ranked 2nd in her graduating class of 440.
Among her awards while at East Ascension High School, she received the JW Harris Award through the National Beta Club, and the State Champion in group talent at the Beta Club Louisiana State Convention. She was the Vice President of her Sophomore Class, Parliamentarian in her Junior and Senior Classes, Homecoming Queen in 2016, and was East Ascension High School’s Student of the Year in 2017.
Mackenzie has been active in many clubs including Beta Club, FCA, National Honor Society, Thespian Society, and service on the Student Council. She was active in volleyball, softball, and performing arts where she discovered the path she would choose in life. She acted and directed in numerous plays throughout her high school years, including the starring role in Cinderella at the Ascension Community Theater in 2016.
Her charitable works include visitation of nursing homes, tutoring her peers, Operation Christmas Child, and participating in food drives at school. She serves as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Special Needs Camp at Drama Kids, and Linking Lives where she served as a big sister to special needs students at East Ascension High. She also volunteered throughout her community in relief efforts during the historic flooding in August 2016.
Mackenzie will be attending Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this fall, where she will major in Performing Arts with a minor concentration in Sound Design. After earning her undergraduate degree, she plans to move to Los Angeles, California to attend a two year conservatory to obtain a secondary degree in Sound Design with a concentration in Foley Production. Mackenzie’s goal is to work for a film company in Los Angeles where she will pursue a career in the film industry.
Angelle is the daughter of Nolan and Wendy Naquin. She attended St. Amant High School in St. Amant, LA where she held a 4.66 GPA and ranked 6 in her graduating class of 454.
She received numerous honors and awards during her high school career, including the Distinguished Honor Roll Award, Academic Letterman’s Award, Subject Awards in History and French, Band Letterman’s Award, and Athletic Letterman’s Award. She was named Student of the Year during her senior year at St. Amant High School.
Among her school organizations, she was active in the Beta Club, French Club, and Fellowship of Christian Students Club. Throughout all four of her high school years she was a member of the Varsity Tennis Team and a member of the competition Marching Band/Concert Band. She gave tennis lessons, not only to underclass players on her high school team, but also to young players in her parish.
Community service has been a major factor in Angelle’s life. Following the catastrophic flooding in her hometown in August 2016, she helped children impacted by the flood by leading a day camp at Active Martial Arts, where she had taken martial arts for 10 years. The proceeds raised were donated to affected schools in the St. Amant area. Other volunteer activities included Operation Christmas Child, tutoring, St. Mark’s Catholic Church Community Service where she performed grounds work, helped with the church parish fair, and assisted the Parish School of Religion Program. She was also instrumental in organizing a stuffed animal drive for children with cancer.
Angelle has chosen to major in Biochemistry at Louisiana State University where she plans to participate in undergraduate medical research. Ultimately she will pursue a doctorate degree in Biochemistry and a career in cancer and disease medical research.
The Associated Grocers – Sam S. Politz Scholarship application may be obtained online at www.braf.org.