The foundation was formed in 1990 when Justiss Oil Company honored the memory of Cliff Williams with an endowment gift to be used for the educational needs of K-12 public school students in LaSalle Parish.
Cliff was a native of Jena, LA, son of Pat and Charles Williams, married to Jennifer Justiss Williams Loe, and is the father of Amy Williams Kunkel and Adam Williams. He was a Petroleum Engineer and Justiss Oil Company's Vice President of Drilling and Production Operations. Cliff was actively involved in many industry organizations, and upon his untimely death, was posthumously awarded "Contractor of the Year” by Reed Tool Company and the International Association of Drilling Contractors.
The foundation is indeed a living memorial to Cliff. Funds generated from the endowment and other foundation income help support education each year by providing grants to teachers and schools. Since its inception, the foundation has contributed over $1,000,000 to our local school system. What an impact these funds make in nine rural schools! The Board of Directors would like to thank you, the sponsors, participants, and friends of the foundation, without whom, these grants would not be possible.