A Stepping Stone Foundation Blog

Post Secondary Impact

Circa 2017

Each year, we invite former preschoolers who were in one of our Stepping Stone-funded LEAF programs for six months or more to apply for the Billie Gannaway Memorial Scholarship.  Over the years, two additional scholarship offerings have been added; Ivey Stepping Higher and the William O. Smith awards.

  • $44,300 is the total of all 2021 scholarship awards
  • 37 is the total number of unique student/awards this past round
  • 28% of 2021 BGMS applicants also applied for the William O Smith (WOS) scholarship and the Scholarship Team awarded two $5,000 WOS awards (included in the total above)
  • 6 Ivey Stepping Higher scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded (included in the total above)
  • 64% of submitted applications were done online on the website (new for 2021 round)
  • 44% of applications were new students who had never applied for our scholarships before and 56% were from students who had applied previously
  • In 2021, the colleges which students plan to or are already attending:
    • ASU-11
    • Benedictine-Mesa-1
    • Estrella Mt. Community College-1
    • Grand Canyon University (GCU)-6
    • Glendale Community College (GCC)-6
    • Missouri Baptist-1
    • NAU-2
    • Phoenix Community College-6
    • University of Arizona (UA) 2
    • University of New Mexico-1
  • Majors or Career interests:
    • Auto mechanics-1
    • Construction-1

For a complete list of the scholarship award winners’ names, click here.