Brantley Awarded Top Transfer Scholarship

Fullerton College proudly announces that Robert Alan Brantley has been awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $40,000 a year to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.

Robert Alan Brantley spoke at the 2016 Spring Convocation.

Robert Alan Brantley spoke at the 2016 Spring Convocation.

Brantley is the third student at Fullerton College within the last four years to receive this prestigious award. Only approximately 45 scholarships are awarded nationwide each year out of thousands of applicants.

Brantley is majoring in mathematics and computer science, serves as a Supplemental Instruction leader and mentor and as the lead student ambassador with the Growth Mindset Transformation Initiative at Fullerton College. He plans to transfer to Stanford or UCLA this fall and is patiently awaiting his acceptance letters.

Brantley’s road to higher education didn’t come easy. After attending nearly 10 different public schools by the time he was 15, Brantley only completed the 9th grade before returning to school in 2014 at the age of 33. He describes most of that period of time spent working low-skilled jobs, experiencing massive instability, drug addiction, and a constant struggle to simply survive. But that all changed when he re-entered school at Fullerton College as a math major having zero math background or aptitude he said.

“I first placed into pre-algebra and have since taken 13 math classes and have earned A’s in all of them, and have never dropped,” Brantley said.  He attributes his success to the support of faculty and staff, as well as the education he received through Habits of Mind and Growth Mindset workshops and trainings at Fullerton College.

In addition to the monetary award, the Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from foundation staff to guide them through the processes of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers. The foundation will also provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of 2,300 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

“Community colleges provide an affordable first step for many students with financial need to begin their higher education journey,” said Harold O. Levy, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “Cooke Transfer Scholars have demonstrated incredible ability and ambition, and we look forward to supporting their success at universities such as Stanford, Cornell, and MIT.”

This year, nearly 2,000 students applied for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership and service to others. The recipients selected have a median adjusted gross income of $5,000 and an average GPA of 3.92. Biological sciences, engineering, and computer/informational sciences are the most popular fields of study among the cohort.

Author: Fullerton College

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