California State University, StanislausWilliam Randolph Hearst Scholar
Robert D. McGhee began his college career ten years after he graduated from high school. He grew up in an impoverished home environment with drug-addicted parents. From the age of thirteen until the age of twenty-six, Robert himself struggled with drug addiction. His moment of truth came in a courtroom in the presence of a judge, where he was given two choices: prison or rehab. Robert completed the rehabilitation program, moved from his former environment and turned his life around.
With a family to support, Robert works full-time in a local grocery store while attending California State University, Stanislaus as a full-time student. Majoring in accounting, he has clear goals for his education and his future career in business.
Robert also volunteers in a mentoring program for at-risk youth to help steer them away from drugs and gangs.