A Step Ahead Scholarship Program

Thank you for your interest in the A Step Ahead Scholarship. Please sign up here to get updates about the 2024-2025 scholarship which will open in February 2024. 

Please see below for a list of the 2023-2024 Scholarship Recipients. 

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

The 2023-2024 A Step Ahead Scholarship Recipients

Hilan Abdurahman

Nithya Achanta

Jasmine Anderson

Brianna Armstrong

Suha Arshad

Maracionna Barnes

Mattison Baughman

Samiya Beamon

Tamia Bernard

Britney Bogan

Shiquita Bolton

Rachel Bonner

Taelen Boyd

Selena Brown

Chelsea Brumfield

Maya Brunt

Daquala Butler

Samantha Calhoun

Zaria Cast

Carson Cleveland

Jadyn Cobb

Charelle Cobbins

Ciara Cook

Bethany Daniels

Jenna Davis

CalleMae Dearmore

Valendre  Donaldson

Feghebari Dorle

Jalyiah Driskill

Anjel Echols

Ana Enriquez

Tia Fifer

Eliza Ford

Shantell Foster

Eva Gautreaux

Camille Goldstein

Leniyia Govan

Taryn Graves

Santana Gray

Airiel Greer

Demi Gutierrez

Don'Neka Hayslett

Abrina Hill

Ayaat Ibrahim

Ashley Jackson

Kylie Jackson

Jasmine Jenkins

Jeturah Johnson

Angela Johnson

Miangel Jones

Serena Jones

Nafisa Khalafalla

Sadie Kiel

Jaila Kimbro

Alexus LaBarre

Nadiah Lawrence

Zurysadai Lucio

Katherine Marsh

Elle Martin

Karsen Mathis

Jaylyn Mcdougle

Amaka Mgboh

Tierra Morris

Lauren Morris

Danyelle Norment

Gerita Perry


Yasmine Pirlepesova

Demi Pointer

Ashley Porter

Courtnie Powell

Kourtney Pryor

Aiden Radford

Andrea Rangel

Maraya Reaves

Jada Robertson

Monica Rodriguez

Kaira Scott

Katie Shearer

Hali Smith

Diarra Smith

Brianna Sorrell

Mackenzie Stanton

Charity Stone

Jessica Taylor

Ariel Thompson

MacKenzie Thompson

Rachel Walker

Trinity Walker

Madelyn Wallace

Halle Wallace

Raegan Waller

Kaitlyn Ward

Elyse Warren

Janae Washington

Jordyn Westbrook

Lauren White

Xiaolei Wu

Nashayla Yancey

Deenat Yusuf

Nia Yusuf


Sample Scholarship Video Submissions


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