The application process for the 2019-2020 Step Ahead Scholarship is now open!

The Step Ahead Scholarship is a county-wide, post-secondary program for young women who are committed to making a difference in Memphis by encouraging academic success, effective life planning and healthy birth timing.

The program is a collaborative effort of A Step Ahead Foundation and Girls Inc. of Memphis that supports each organization’s commitment to encouraging the educational advancement and leadership development of young women in the greater Memphis area. A third partner, Bank Tennessee, manages the scholarship program.

Now entering its sixth year, the scholarship is available to any female Shelby County resident, age 17 to 35, with plans to attend an accredited institution of post-secondary education. This may include a college or university as well as a technical or vocational program.

Multiple scholarships of at least $2,000 will be awarded from a $300,000 fund. Awards will be based on strength of application and estimated financial need. Each award is a one-time scholarship, but recipients are encouraged to maintain good academic status, volunteer with A Step Ahead Foundation and/or Girls Inc. of Memphis, and reapply each year as needed.

The application deadline is April 5. Download your application today!
For the essay portion, applicants can submit a 200-300 word essay or a two-minute YouTube video. Below you can find three sample video essays.