Transfer Success: Brantley Headed to Stanford University
Fullerton College Graduate Robert Alan Brantley stood on stage during the 2018 Fullerton College Commencement on May 26 acknowledging his
troubled past, praising his Fullerton College experience and looking ahead to a bright future at Stanford University. The 37-year old mathematics major has been accepted to Stanford University this fall and has been awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $40,000 a year to complete a bachelor’s degree.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly-selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year colleges or universities.
“I’m not your typical math major. I’m not your typical transfer student. I’m not your typical anything,” said Brantley. “Just eight years ago, my life had spun completely out of control. Not long before I enrolled at Fullerton College, the trajectory of my life was in steep decline.”
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 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.
Today, Brantley is preparing for his transition to Stanford University having earned four Associate in Science degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Mathematics, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Arts and Human Expression. While at FC, he was a Supplemental Instruction leader for calculus and geometry and an SI mentor. He also worked closely with Dr. Miguel Powers in the creation of the Growth Mindset Student Ambassador Program as a lead ambassador. He was also named Fullerton College Student of the Year in May.
Brantley plans on attending graduate school and, after completing his education, would like to write books about math, geometry, physics, philosophy, and the nexus points at which these subjects intersect. He is also interested in renewable energies and environmental preservation and hopes to one day help create technologies that will reduce human dependence on fossil fuels.