Greater Steps Scholars was established on November 7, 1983 by INLIVIAN Board of Commissioners and founded by former INLIVIAN Youth Services Coordinator John T Crawford. Dr. Crawford raised $64,990 to start the fund with a team of almost two-dozen community leaders and representatives. Later, it was established as an endowment fund with the Foundation For The Carolinas, in a working partnership with INLIVIAN.
No federal, state or local dollars are received for scholarships. The Fund exists through donations and contributions from individuals, businesses, churches, foundations and other groups, including INLIVIAN residents and employees. One all-volunteer committee raises scholarship funds and the other sets the guidelines, with the direction and administrative support of the respective organizations. Monies for the scholarship are raised annually, kicked off at an evening gala in the spring.