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Robert Arthur Jr.

photo of male studentRobert Arthur Jr.

“I haven’t paid a dime,” Robert says of his Columbus State education, paid for entirely by scholarships, through The Honors Program and Future Scientists of Ohio.

After he graduates with an Associate of Science in May 2017, Robert is off to The Ohio State University, where he will major in mechanical engineering – also on a full-ride scholarship. “When you work hard and have a positive attitude, people notice and you get opportunities.”

Robert is a familiar face around the Columbus Campus, having been a Student Ambassador and a Social Media Ambassador, and involved in numerous programs including Seal, Stem Club, Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program.

“I’ve really enjoyed the activities in the Honors Program,” says Robert. To receive an honors diploma, students are required to participate in a total of six outside activities while they are in the Honors Program: 2 academic, 2 volunteer and 2 cultural. “Once you start going to them you realize how valuable they are, and you want to do more. I’m way over the requirement limit for activities – I go to as many as I can. They are a great way to learn new things, and to build your network.”

Robert says his experiences at Columbus State have helped him develop his leadership abilities.

“I’ve learned that being a leader is much more than just telling people what to do. It’s about being able to relate to people, understand their talents and help them use their abilities,” Robert says. “No matter where I end up, I know I’m going to be in a leadership role. And I’ll be using the skills I learned here at Columbus State.”