Jim Sharrock

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day


Jim Scharrock (second from left), a volunteer for the Cathryn L. and Jon R. Withrow Leadership Scholars Program in OU’s College of Arts and Sciences, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence President Craig Story (right) and foundation trustee and mentoring advocate Molly Boren during Oklahoma Mentor Day. Joining in the presentation are Mentor Day keynote speaker and author Alton Carter (left) and mentee Jacob Khoussine, an OU student. Oklahoma Mentor Day, sponsored by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and its David and Molly Boren Mentoring Initiative, honors outstanding Oklahoma youth mentors and promotes the value of mentoring. (Photo by Travis Caperton)

Jim Sharrock

Withrow Leadership Scholars Program
College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma

The Cathryn L. and Jon R. Withrow Leadership Scholars Program in the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences has named James Sharrock as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day.

The Withrow Leadership Scholars Program pairs outstanding students with an alumnus or friend of the College of Arts and Sciences for a mentoring relationship. Participating students meet regularly for leadership development activities, guest speakers, social events and community service.

A native of Ponca City, Jim works as an attorney at McAfee and Taft in Oklahoma City. Jim has been matched with his mentee, Jacob, a senior at the University of Oklahoma, for two years.

Jacob is majoring in chemical biosciences with minors in Spanish, chemistry, and biology. He plans on attending medical school after graduation.

Jacob wrote the following about his mentorship: “To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I imagined that we would meet up a few times each semester, and he would provide me with advice from his personal experiences. What I actually received from the program is someone I consider to be a friend and mentor in every sense of the word. Although he works as an attorney and my interests are more aligned with science and medicine, he is a brilliant man who has so much knowledge to share.”

Jacob has served has served as a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Norman since his freshman year of college.

“As I worked with Jim, I learned how to become a better mentor myself. I want nothing more than to be able to provide the same experiences for my mentee that Jim has provided for me,” Jacob added.