A Step Ahead Scholarship Program

Scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 school year are now closed.

The scholarship for the 2023-2024 school year will be available February 2023. Sign up here to receive updates about next year's scholarship! 

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


Congratulations to our 2022-2023 scholarship recipients!

Maya Arije

Suha Arshad

Jody-Ann Bartley

Shantanecia Bean

Raegan Bernard

Kristin Blake

Shiquita Bolton

Nikira Bonds

Iyonia Boyce

Kristin Boyce

Azaria Boyd

Breyana Brown

Selena Brown

Maya Brunt

Daquala Butler

Kynnidi Caffey

Kierra Calhoun

Meghan Carpenter

Danielle Clay

Taylor Coleman

Amiya Cross

Bethany Daniels

Grace Davis

Feghebari Dorle

Gabriella Dotson

Kimberly Downey

Jalyiah Driskill

Lauren Eason

Chayce Foster

Kaylie Franklin

Tyesha Golden-Rhodes

Heaven Govan

Leniyia Govan

Taryn Graves

LaResha Gregory

LeQuandra Hale-Banks

Tajiana Hancock

Kristian Harris

Stephanie Hayes

Mikayla Higgins

Abrina Hill

Anyssa Holloway

Veronica Holmes

Olivia Ingram

Ashley Jackson

Jasmine Jenkins

Opal Jenkins

Mariah Johnson

Rajanae Jones

Breanna Kelley

Elise Kelley

Kyla Kendrick

Noor Khatib

Jasmine Lee

Kimberlin Lopez

Rosaisela Magana

Elle Victoria Martin

Myah Martin

Jaylyn C Mcdougle

Jasmine Ann McGill

Kate McGough

Jacqueline Magana Medina

Joyia Miller

Dominique Molina

Katherine Moore

Akasha Morris

Jayda Simone Murray

Amber Nelson

VaShundra Nichols

Dainymar Ochoa

Donesha Odum

Sara Parker

Miajenell Peake

Melanie Phillips

Carmill Piggie

Ashley Porter

Alaina Price

Kourtney Pryor

Maraya Reaves

Janna Rittman

Teri Ross

Kaira Scott

Jourdan Slater

Breyunha Smith

Briana Smith

Diarra Smith

Hali Smith

Jada Smith

Brianna Sorrell

Charity Stone

Kalle Stevens

Alexis Stubblefield

Hannah Summerville

Kelsie Taylor

Umeria Taylor

Hannah Thomas

T'kye S Thomas

Camryn Thompson

Chanise Thompson

JoElle S. Thompson

Sarah Thompson

Micah Traylor

Dana Villalva

Halle Wallace

Elyse Warren

Bianca Weatherspoon

Amanda Wilbur

Lakeisha Willis

Ashley Woodbury

Nashayla Yancey

Lydia Yoo

Arreon Young

Landerson Young

"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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