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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.  

SInce its inception in 2014, $1,000,000 has been awarded to outstanding young women in the Memphis community. Multiple scholarships of at least $2,000 are awarded. 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. 

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 

2020-2021 Scholarship Application

BankTennessee is pleased to announce that the application process for the 2020-2021 A Step Ahead Scholarship is now open. The Step Ahead Scholarship program is a collaborative effort of A Step Ahead Foundation and Girls Inc. of Memphis to support their commitment to encouraging the educational advancement and leadership development of young women in the greater Memphis community. 

Completed scholarship packets are due April 3rd. 

Click here to learn more and download the scholarship application. 

Questions or technical assistance needed, email scholarship [at] astepaheadfoundation [dot] org.

See examples of past scholarship recipient videos below for your review.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients!

Akiyana Amos

Nicarra Bailey

Le Nericka Beasley

Cinthya Bolanos

Jada Bowie

Raven Boyce

Danielle Cannon

Jessica Cardenas

Kirsten Carter

Sainna Christian

Jerriney Clinton

Kaylee Crawford

Jessica Cura

Camisha Farley

Jamaya Fleming

Olivia Floyd

Terrika Fultz

April Gathright

Shira Grant

Takmyla Harris

Keyana Hawkins

Candace Hayes

Jameka Hayes

Caroline Hoff

Yakeima Holliman

Maya Jackson

Sierra Jackson

Tyra Jackson

Tatiana Johnson

Itzel Juarez

Mallori King

Thao Anh La

Nadiah Lawrence

Ricki Le

Dominique Lewis

Nicole Li

Errika Little

Mimi Lofton

Karla Lopez

Asha Love

Gabrielle Love      

Amy Madjlesi

Maggie Makris

Cecilia Martinez

Shontris Mason

Chloe McNeil

Caroline Miller

Raushanah Morgan

Mya Morrow

Qimmah Muhammad

Lidia Olivera

Dinobi Onyeagocha

Briana Palmer

Gwen Parry

Krisana Patrick

Hannah Piecuch

Shelby Powe

Maritza Rincon

Adrienne Rodriquez

Darah Rogers

GareAna Rosebud

Sha’neria Sanders

MiKayla Shaffer

Kierra Smith

Rahni Stewart

Desiree Stout

Ashlynn Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Kirbi Tucker

Jessica Warren

Kasey Washington

Victoria Watson

Shanbria Webster

Skyy Wheat

Jyra White

Kierra Whitelow

Tierney Wilks

Megan Williams

Mia Williams

Trinity Worthy

Maryam Wright