Thank you to all applicants who submitted their essays. Find out more about our selected scholarship winners below.

2019-2020 Winner: Crystal Richardson

crystal richardson - against all odds scholarship winnerCrystal was born into a lower middle-class family. There were many times in her young life where her family struggled with money, but somehow there was always just enough. When it came time for college, there was not enough money to go to a four-year university, so the dreams were on hold.

In the gap between school, she worked, had a family, overcame domestic violence and raised three sons alone. She now has two grown sons and one in highschool. When the younger two were old enough, Crystal went back to school herself. Within two years she obtained her bachelors in Psychology with a 3.47 GPA in 2017 from the University of Phoenix, and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling at the University of Phoenix where she is currently holding a 3.86 GPA in the Master’s program. She has also been accepted to two honor societies: The National Society of Leadership and Success and the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Crystal has always tried to inspire her children to “never give up”. Her short-term goal is to counsel families surviving domestic violence, but her long-term goal is to create a transitional housing system in her area, and in the area her sons were born, with intake source transferring from the emergency shelters to give families that are trying to survive more time to obtain their needs and help the families create a firm foundation before moving out on their own. Thus, giving the family more opportunity to move forward together without unnecessary, secondary victimization.

Reaction Statement: “I am grateful and thrilled to have been awarded the Against All Odds Scholarship. I have applied for many scholarships, but this is my first awarded, as competition for scholarship is fierce, and some scholarships have age limitations, education level limitations, and even limitations by degree programs. I am grateful to have found this scholarship through the University of Phoenix Scholarship links. Thank you Adams & Bischoff for naming me the winner of your Against All Odds” scholarship”

A Word From Adams & Bischoff: We hope this scholarship will make it a bit easier to achieve all your goals. We look forward to all that you will achieve and are honored that you applied for our scholarship and trusted us with your story.