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Antoinette Charles is a proud first-generation Haitian American.  She and her family overcame immense challenges from living paycheck-to-paycheck to homelessness.  Never allowing circumstances to deter her, Antoinette graduated second in her class from DeKalb Early College Academy, at the age of 16 ,with the Gates Millennium Scholarship. As a Georgia State University undergrad she served underprivileged communities by leading medical mission trips to Honduras and Nicaragua raising over $100,000 and satisfied her intellectual curiosity as a published research co-author. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Neuroscience she joined the National Institute of Mental Health as a Post Baccalaureate Intramural Research Trainee. Antoinette currently attends Duke School of Medicine and is pursuing her dream of becoming a physician while participating in prestigious opportunities like the 2022 White House Innovation Series.  Amazingly she still finds time to share her multiple talents with Step Ahead Scholars.



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Lindsey Kapel is an alumna of Emory University, where she incubated and led a three year initiative, on the campus of Emory University, which inspired a group of undergraduate students to volunteer weekly with Step Ahead Scholars, as mentors. Lindsey's commitment laid the groundwork and created a life-changing college access partnership and legacy, which continues to support and differentiate the

Step Ahead Scholars model, through one-on-one mentorship. During the summer months while in undergrad Lindsey coordinated several SAS College Access Boot Camps. Before graduating Lindsey ensured our continued partnership with Emory by establishing a team to follow in her footsteps. Lindsey, currently works as a Business Development Manager at BlackMarket in New York, while continuing to share her talents with Step Ahead Scholars as a mentor and thought leader.



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Maysa Osman is a first generation student and Presidential Scholar at Georgia State University. She is majoring in public health, plans on pursuing the accelerated dual degree JD program. Maysa's aspirational goal is to become a public health attorney that advocates for healthcare equity. Her desire to achieve and succeed encouraged her to seek mentorship from Step Ahead Scholars before she even reached 11th grade, which garnered her numerous acceptances to distinguished college programs. Throughout high school, as a dedicated writer and editor for school’s literary magazine, a platform of which she shared her voice and advocated for global issues, which she deeply cares about. As an Honors College freshman, she was selected for a research assistantship in GSU’s Department of Criminology. She is an avid GSU Student Government member that also serves as a Liaison. As Maysa continues her success journey she is looking forward to making a huge societal impact, which includes supporting Step Ahead Scholars.