|Sam Sharp (center), an applications engineer and mentoring volunteer for Williams Co. of Oklahoma City, receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. They are joined by Sharp’s mentees, Collin (left) and Devin. Williams’ corporate mentoring program matches employee volunteers with first-graders at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Oklahoma City. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Williams CompanyWilliams Company has named longtime mentor Sam Sharp as its outstanding mentor for Oklahoma Mentor Day 2016.
Sam, an applications engineer, has participated in the company’s mentoring program since its inception three years ago. The company began its mentoring partnership in fall 2013 with Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, where employees volunteer their time weekly to tutor and mentor first-graders.
Merrick Fitzgerald, community programs representative with Williams, said Sam’s dedication and guidance led him to be selected as Williams’ outstanding mentor honoree.
“Sam began working with one student and shortly after requested the opportunity to work with an additional student,” Merrick said. “Since that time he has worked weekly with both students. Sam demonstrates a professional and personal commitment to the program and his two students.”
The Williams Mentoring Program aims to create positive relationships and foster the academic growth of students. The partnership goes beyond weekly tutoring sessions. Williams contributes school supplies and is involved with student holiday celebrations, including trick or treating at the company’s Oklahoma City offices. Students at the school face many challenges including poverty, poor attendance and limited parental involvement. In schools with these issues, mentoring programs have been shown to foster academic growth, increase student self-esteem and boost school attendance.