Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
Major: Criminal Justice
Career goal: start a group home for at-risk teens
Congratulations to today’s Hercules Scholar, Marvin Roberts, a senior criminal justice major from Lakeland, Florida. Read more about Marvin, in his own words, below.
After graduation in 2019, I will fulfill my purpose in life by changing lives of youth by opening a group home for at-risk teens. My professional experience of working with the Florida Department of Corrections for 6 and ½ years has led me to this purpose in life. Throughout my tenure, I met an overwhelming number of adult inmates with a commonality of a lack of guidance. With everyone having a purpose in life, I firmly believe my purpose is to provide compassion and hope to others.
This same compassion and hope were needed when my father was murdered when I was 13 years old. Being faced with this type of hurt was indescribable. However, I was fortunate to have a strong mother who would not allow me to be anything but great. With this reinforcement, I have been a part of community organizations such as the Boys and Girls club, which provided me with an opportunity to work with other youth providing them with inspiration to aspire to be great.
During my matriculation at Bethune-Cookman University, I was nominated as a National Scholar and have been afforded the opportunity to meet other scholars with similar aspirations. The two most influential persons in my life are Doleciea, my mother and Dr. Henry Roberts, my uncle. After the untimely demise of my father, my mother was a single parent struggling to survive and raise her children. While raising two young boys, working multiple jobs, and attending school, she was still able to reach her goals of graduating college and becoming an educator. Her resilience and perseverance inspired me to never give up. Thanks to excellent mentors, such as my uncle, who is also an alumnus of the great Bethune-Cookman University, I was able to follow in his footsteps. This was a factor in my collegiate choice. I credit these two for my positive path and my desire to change lives and leave a legacy. Dr. Chester Wilson, another mentor of mine, once said, “Don’t be afraid to give up being “Good” to be “Great”. This resonates with me and serves as my intrinsic motivation.