Greater Steps Scholars

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Aisha Strothers
Main Address

1026 Jay Street
Charlotte, NC 28208
United States

Mailing Address
220 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
United States

What We Do
Greater Steps Scholars provides post-secondary scholarships, mentoring and career prep workshops & activities to equip students living in low-income housing with the tools they need to achieve success and economic mobility. We support 125 students each year. #GIVINGTUESDAY ASK: We have a big goal: To raise $6,500 to cover account balances for eight Greater Steps Scholars so they can register and return to school for the Spring 2021 semester. The total balance amount is $13,000. But we have a challenge match from a generous donor who will match your donations, dollar for dollar, up to $6,500. So our students need your help to keep them in school. IMPACT OF COVID-19 - SPECIFIC NEEDS: How We Are Impacted: Our annual Believers & Achievers Gala was scheduled for April 25th, but is now cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have already paid for some vendor expenses that we cannot recoup. This Gala and auction fundraiser makes up a big chunk of our fundraising budget and provides us with funds to support our low-income, first generation college students with scholarships, mentors, and career readiness skills. As a response to the COVID-19 situation affecting our students, we created an emergency fund to support currently enrolled students with online learning supplies, bill support and transportation support. How You Can Help: You can help by making a donation for immediate use to help us support our students with emergency needs mentioned above, or to fill a fundraising gap left by the cancellation of the Gala to support scholarships and programming for our 2020-21 student scholars. Visit to make gift online. Please be sure to type in "for immediate use" in the notes area. We are also in need of mentors to pair with our 2021-22 cohort of students. Your assignment would not begin until June, but you can complete the application, training and background check virtually before June. Please email for more information, or complete the online application here:
Interesting Info
  • Greater Steps Scholars has supported 940 students since 1983 with scholarships, mentorship, and life & career building workshops.
  • 92% of our student recipients are first-generation college students.
  • Greater Steps Scholars is formerly the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund.