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 2019 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 2019 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:
Madison Boudreaux of Baton Rouge, LA
Madison is the daughter of Jules and Lisa Boudreaux. She attended St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, LA where she held a 4.69 GPA and was 1st in her graduating class of 242. She shares this ranking wih two other valedictorians from SJA.
Among her awards while at St. Joseph Academy, she received Outstanding Class Awards in English, Math, French, Social Studies, and Theology. She was an AP Scholar with Honor, Furman Scholar, Serra Club award recipient, and placed first in the SJA Science Fair.
Madison has been active in many clubs including French, Beta, National Honor Society, Science, and Key Club. She was also involved with Respect Life, Praise and Worship Band, and the Liturgy Committee.
Participation in her church and volunteering in her community is important to Madison. Her involvement includes Alive in You Mission trip (benefiting underprivileged children), Shine Mission trip (painting and yard work of homes in disrepair), 2016 Louisiana flood volunteer, and local blood drive volunteer. Madison was a Eucharistic minister her senior year, a Writing Center peer consultant, and Student Ambassador her junior and senior years.
Madison will be attending the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama this fall, majoring in Psychology with a Pre-Medical track. Her goal is to pursue a career in Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery, or possibly Pediatric Neurosurgery. She has also been accepted into the Randall Research Scholars Program.
Allison Picou of Houma, LA
Allison is the daughter of Robert and Ann Picou. She attended Terrebonne High School in Houma, LA where she held a 4.35 GPA and ranked 1st in her graduating class of 291. At the end of her senior year, she earned 30 college credits while attending THS.
She received numerous honors and awards during her high school career, including Highest GPA Awards in U.S. History, Advanced Math, English II, Geography, and Biology. Allison was recognized as the Parish and State 12th Grade Student of the Year, was awarded the 2018 American Legion Essay of the Year, and received the TOPS Honors Award.
Among many school and community organizations, Allison has been active in Beta Club, Key Club, raising funds and collecting can goods for her local Food Bank and The Haven which is a shelter for abused women and their children. Allison was a peer tutor for students in all subjects and ACT prep, she was a lifeguard and swim instructor, and has enjoyed playing soccer since she was four years old. She is a three-time hair donor to Pantene Beautiful Lengths who make free wigs for cancer patients.
Allison has chosen to major in Biological Engineering at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After she obtains her bachelor’s degree, she would like to design medical devices such as prosthesis, pacemakers, hip replacement materials, and other life improving devices.