David Lewis

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
   
Oklahoma Mentor Day

David Lewis

Lowe Family Young Scholars Program
David Lewis (second from left), a volunteer for Lowe Family Young Scholars Program of Bartlesville, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli (right) during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. They are joined by Lewis’ mentee, Chris. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)
David Lewis (second from left), a volunteer for Lowe Family Young Scholars Program of Bartlesville, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli (right) during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. They are joined by Lewis’ mentee, Chris. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)

David Lewis, an identity management analyst at Conoco Phillips, has been named the outstanding mentor for the Lowe Family Young Scholars Program in Bartlesville.

The program encourages academically promising yet economically disadvantaged students in the Bartlesville Public School system to earn a college degree. Program mentors meet weekly with mentees to assist with goal setting, educational success and career planning. The mentor also meets quarterly with the mentee’s parent/s. The Lowe Family Young Scholars Program also provides college scholarships to mentees who successfully complete the program.

David has been a program mentor for more than two years, encouraging his mentee Chris to graduate from high school and pursue a college degree.

“David has been a help in our organization in working with Chris to reach these goals,” said Marama Bayles, executive director of the Lowe Family Young Scholars Program. "He has helped him study for ACT and SAT tests and helped him with questions over classes, if and when they arise. He also comes to volunteer activities with his mentee.”

David and Chris enjoy golfing, hiking, bowling, going to movies and cooking together. He has helped Chris develop life skills like creating a resume, filling out scholarship applications and making home repairs, Marama said.

“It seems like every time our organization thinks of something that Chris needs to be doing to prepare for college, we find out that David is already working on that need with Chris,” Marama said. “We have also noticed that David is aware of Chris’s needs and taking care of them before we ever hear of them.”

Marama also praised David for teaching Chris to do things for himself.

“He works to empower Chris, not by doing things for him, but by teaching him how to do the things he needs,” she said.