Robert is from Las Vegas, Nevada. Majoring in Middle East Studies and Arabic, Robert prepared himself for the Gilman scholarship through an internship with the Kennedy Center where he helped work on development in the rural areas of Jordan. His international experience is also bolstered by his participation in the BYU Arabic study abroad program. A winner of a 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Arabic in Tangier, Morrocco, Robert's future plans are focused in the area of diplomacy. In his spare time, Robert enjoys hiking, watching epic 60s movies, and playing guitar in a local group.