Robert Townsend knows from personal experience the hardships of life, and because of that, he wants to make sure his children are equipped with a strong educational foundation to prepare them to be successful and hardworking adults. However, as Robert and his wife Tammy learned, finding an educational environment to meet the unique needs of each child be challenging. Scholarships from the AAA Scholarship Foundation have given the Townsend family expanded opportunities for their children, enabling them to break economic barriers and thrive in school and life.
Robert’s life journey has not been an easy one. When he was only 13 years old, he became homeless and remained without a place to call home until he was 18 years old. Despite the dismal circumstances, he knew even then the power of education and he found a way to complete high school – all on his own. During the years since, he has faced ups and downs – including losing his arm in a tragic car accident and having to learn to write again with his opposite hand. However, his determination to provide a better life for his family has remained strong.