John McLaughlin, senior vice president and co-general manager of the Capital Group/American Funds in San Antonio, received the Northside ISD's first Superintendent's School-Business Partnerships Award Tuesday night.
Superintendent John Folks presented the newly-created award to McLaughlin at the Partnerships Awards & Recognitions event Tuesday night at Paul Taylor Field House. The event honored hundreds of campus volunteers and business partners who donate their time and energy to enrich the education of thousands of NISD students.
Folks said McLaughlin created the model for successful school-business partnerships in NISD when his company adopted Ross Middle School in 1995.
"John McLaughlin has ensured that the partnership would be long-term, give American Funds employees something to be proud of, and improve the quality of the students' lives," Folks said
Each year American Funds selects 10 Sul Ross scholars and promises $2,000 in college tuition each year until they graduate from high school. Company employees serve as mentors to the Sul Ross Scholars and meet with them regularly, even after they've graduated from middle school. To date, American Funds has made more than a $1 million commitment in the Sul Ross Scholars program.
American Funds also raises money for school programs by holding book fairs and encourages employees to volunteer as mentors - on company time.
McLaughlin is retiring from American Funds in June and will be missed, Folks said.
"We have learned a lot about successful partnerships from John McLaughlin," Folks said at the award presentation. "His legacy will be to inspire us to recruit, maintain, and recognize other effective models in the future."
Pictured are Folks, left, and McLaughlin following the presentation of the first Superintendent's School-Business Partnerships Award.