Joshua Michael Liu Memorial Scholarship

A scholarship celebrating the sanctity of life

Joshua Michael Liu was a child born with an anencephalic birth defect, which would be fatal shortly after his birth. However, because his parents cherished the value of all human life, no matter how brief that life is, they chose to honor him with the legacy of awarding an annual scholarship in his name to a student who also cherishes and values human life.

Thanks to our generous donors, Next Step is honored to present the Joshua Michael Liu Memorial Scholarship to local high school seniors.

For over 30 years, Next Step has empowered women to make confident and healthy life choices. This includes providing support to those who are facing unplanned pregnancies. This $500 Scholarship encompasses our passion to give back to the community and foster the value of a mother and child's life to the next generation of young adults. 


  • High school seniors graduating by June 2022

  • Residents of local communities: Pleasanton, San Ramon, Danville, Livermore, and Dublin

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher 

  • Values the lives of a mother and child 

  • An active member in the community or church


To apply for the Joshua Michael Liu Scholarship, please fill out the form below and submit your essay about the importance of the sanctity of life today and what it means to you AND a copy of your latest report card. 

Submissions are due Friday, May 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST.

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  • Write an essay about the importance of the sanctity of life today and what it means to you.

  • Complete the application below 

  • Submit essay and copy of latest report card 

  • The application deadline is May 20, 2022 11:59 PM PST

  • Winner of the scholarship will be notified by May 31, 2021 

  • Winner and essay will featured in Next Step's Summer Donor Newsletter

If you have any questions please email