The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has announced two winners of the 2019 Associated Grocers Sam S. Politz Scholarships: Madison Boudreaux of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Allison Picou of Houma, Louisiana.
The Associated Grocers Sam S. Politz Scholarships are valued at $1,000 per semester for eight semesters to graduating high school students who meet all the required criteria.
Madison is the daughter of Jules and Lisa Boudreaux. She attended St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, where she held a 4.69 GPA and was first in her graduating class of 242.
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. Her church and community involvement includes Alive in You Mission trip, Shine Mission trip, 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 is the daughter of Robert and Ann Picou. She attended Terrebonne High School in Houma, where she held a 4.35 GPA and ranked first 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.
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. She 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 4 years old.
She is a three-time hair donor to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which makes 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.