Cody Anderson awarded Myer Bishop Scholarship

Wade McIntyre
Cody Whitney Anderson

Cody Whitney Anderson, a graduating senior from St. Amant High School, is the second annual recipient of the Myer Bishop Scholarship awarded by the family of the late Myer Epstein Bishop.

Anderson was awarded the $1,000 scholarship on the basis of an essay an written about the person who has been the biggest influence on his life. He plans to attend LSU in the fall and eventually enter medical school.

Anderson plans to live at home in St. Amant initially due to the high cost of residence in the campus dorm.

“The scholarship will be big help with my tuition and book costs, and help supplement my TOPS scholarship,” he said.

The Myer Epstein Bishop Scholarship Fund was established by Myer’s brother Morrie and sister Alana. It is a donor advised Non-endowed Fund managed by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The Bishops hope the fund will be large enough in a few years to become a Donor Advised Endowed Fund that will continue into perpetuity.

Each year, one Ascension Parish graduating senior will receive $1,000 through the scholarship to go toward his or her education.

“Myer was a lover of life,” Alana Bishop said. “He truly enjoyed every aspect of life, from agriculture to the arts. He was always excited to learn and was very committed to education. His legacy will liven on through this scholarship.”

Myer Bishop, who passed away with cancer at age 44 in 2005, was a graduate of East Ascension High School in 1978. he received a B.S. from the LSU School of Journalism in 1983, and a Master of Fine Arts from new York university’s Tisch School of Arts in 1986.

Bishop’s successful and widely varied career included roles in off-Broadway shows, dancing at the Wendy Osserman Dance Company, publishing the weekly New Orleans Crescent, and working with the family businesses The Gonzales Weekly, Sprint Print and Alana International Travel.

He was actively involved in the family farming interests including livestock and alligator farming, and was a breeder of champion Basset Hounds, Beagles and Smooth Fox Terriers.

A native of St. Amant, Blanchard has always been active in youth groups at Holy Rosary Church where he plays drums in the church band.

Blanchard has been playing drums since the fourth grade, and will audition for the drumline in the LSU Marching Band.

His major activities in school were playing in the band and participating in the Allied Health medical class, a internship program where high school students go out in the field and “shadow” doctors to learn about the medical profession.

Blanchard has taken all honors classes since his freshman year, and will graduate with a 3.9 average.

His favorite subject is biology, and he plans to become a cardiologist.