May 20, 2012
'I Never Thought I'd Get to Go to College'
The GI Bill opens a path to Ron Shriver's boyhood dream
Matt Roth for The Chronicle
Long before sunrise, Ron Shriver takes a seat at the dining-room table of his family's large, yellow farmhouse. As he pores over handwritten notes, the lighted windows behind him cast a glow into the chilly darkness of the surrounding valley. Two old dogs nap near the front door.
It's a Wednesday late in the semester, and Mr. Shriver, a senior at McDaniel College nearby, has an exercise-physiology exam in a few hours. He rose at 3:30 a.m., as he does on most test days, to cram in a