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The Step Ahead Scholarship program is dedicated to recognizing and providing financial support for promising young women from the greater Memphis community who are committed to public service in the areas of academic success and effective, responsible life planning.  The program awards multiple scholarships to young women who plan to pursue a career in public health or social services and promote a wider understanding and use of the most effective contraceptives to assist Memphians in planning their lives and achieving their educational and career goals.

Multiple scholarships of at least $2,000 are awarded from a $200,000 fund. Awards are based on strength of application and estimated financial need. Each award is a one-time, annual scholarship—but recipients are encouraged to maintain good academic status and reapply each year as needed. Since its inception in 2014, $500,000 has been awarded to outstanding young women in the Memphis Community. 

“Being able to attend and complete college is so important to the women in our community. We want to empower all women to achieve their hopes and dreams.”


 - Claudia Haltom, Founder and CEO of A Step Ahead Foundation

2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients

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Alicia Anderson                                                             

Nicarra Bailey                                 

Morgan Boyce

Dariel Buchanan                             

Rae-Jean Davis                                                             

Malinda Douglas                                                           

Caitlyn  Emrich                                                             

Keyana Hawkins

Jameka Hayes

Briana Henderson                           

Danielle Jackson                             

Maya Jackson

Tyra Jackson 

Chelsea James                                                              

Keyonna James                                             

Lyneshia King                                                

Amber Kyles 

Jasmine Leavy 

Asha Lester                       

Imajin Lias                                                                      

Thao Anh La      

Latrice McClorn                                                             

Jada Mitchell      

Alexandria Moore                                           

Jasmine Murphy

Maxine Nero      

Erika Odjigie      

Briana Palmer 

MiaJenell Peake                                                           

Hannah Piecuch

Nadia Powell           

Mary Pritchard

Nicole Quinones

GareAna Rosebud

Shaneria Sanders

Mikayla Shaffer                                                             

Phoebe Sharp                                                               

Whitney Snow

Kasey Spilman  

Ingram Stovall  

Shaila Strayhorn

Kirbi Tucker

Gia Nhu Vo                                                                    

Ema Wagner                                                                  

Shanibria Webster 

Kierra Whitelow                                                             

Tierney  Wilks                                  

Danielle Williams                                                           

Megan Williams                                                             

Mia Williams                                                                   

Tarmesica Williams                                                      

Christin Wooten

Trinity Worthy                                                                

Maryam Wright                                

Traci Wright                                                  

2016-2017 Step Ahead Scholarship Recipients

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Jelishia Abston

Hannah Bowers

Dekitra Durant

Terrika Fultz

Terriney Gipson

Jameka Hayes

Yakeima Holliman

Maya Jackson

Tyra Jackson

Tatiana Johnson

Elizabeth Jones

Jasmine Leavy

Asha Lester

Cymon Miller

Jasmine Murphy

Maxine Nero

Briana Palmer

Hannah Piecuch

Sha'neria Sanders

Whitney Snow

Danielle Williams

Megan Williams

RuQaiyah Wililams

Tierney Wilks

Brianna Willis

Christin Wooten

Courtney Wright