A Step Ahead Scholarship Program

The scholarship for the 2023-2024 school year is now open! All applications are due April 7, 2023.


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.  

Since its inception in 2014, $1.5 million has been awarded to outstanding young women in the Memphis community. Multiple scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded this year. 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 apply a second year if needed. Scholarship awards are limited to two years total.  

“The scholarships are part of the mission at A Step Ahead, which seeks to remove barriers for women so they can focus on getting an education and become more successful in life. Such barriers include the debt that comes with going to college and becoming mothers before being able to graduate and start a working career. We want to empower all women to achieve their hopes and dreams.”  - Nikki Gibbs, Executive Director, A Step Ahead

Sponsored by

A Step Ahead thanks the following for their generous contributions to this year's scholarship fund:

Snow and Henry Morgan

The Lichterman Loewenberg Foundation

Mary Horne, in honor of her parents

Sample Scholarship Video Submissions


"You are a strong woman with a strong mind. You have the power to take control of your life and your choices. Think about what you want and what you need, to be healthy and happy."

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