Christopher Gray  Founder & CEO     
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     Christopher is the CEO and Founder of Scholly. Dubbed the "Million-Dollar Scholar," he grew up in Birmingham, Alabama with little to no means to afford going to the colleges he hoped. Sifting through thousands of scholarships and conducting endless web searches, he finally navigated the tedious process of finding opportunities, and won $1.3 million in scholarships through grit, determination and hard work. He created Scholly to help fix this system, enabling students and their families to more easily access free money for college that is looking for them.   Christopher was a co-op intern at Fannie Mae and one of the founding partners of First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund, a student-run investment fund that invests in student-run start-ups. He was also named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2015, won Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest Competition, and is one of Forbes' 30 under 30 for 2016.   Christopher is an active mentor, speaking nationally as a Scholarship expert, and is a tireless advocate for student success through college affordability. 

Christopher Gray

Founder, CEO

and winner of $1.3 million in scholarships.

      Jesse Williams  Chief Brand Ambassador & Board Member         

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     Jesse Williams is Scholly’s Chief Brand Ambassador and a Board Member. A graduate of Temple University, Jesse Williams was a high school history teacher before beginning his professional acting career. Jesse is best known for playing Dr. Jackson Avery in the hit series Grey’s Anatomy for seven seasons and his feature credits include Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Cabin in the Woods and upcoming thriller Jacob’s Ladder.  He has used his public stage to become a respected and outspoken advocate for education, equality and social justice. In addition to partnering with us, he is also the youngest member of the Board of Directors at  Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights and policy organization, sits on the Advisory Board of Harry Belafonte’s social justice think tank, Sankofa.org, is the Executive Producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, and the co-host of NBA podcast Open Run Show.  In addition to driving awareness of Scholly to as many students and families as possible, Jesse brings a wealth of knowledge and resources to the table to help Scholly deliver equal access to education for communities across America.

Jesse Williams

Chief Brand Ambassador, Board Member

and plays a doctor on TV.

      Bryson Alef  Co-founder, CTO      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     Bryson is the Co-Founder and CTO at Scholly. He got started in entrepreneurship early in life, age 14, when he founded his first company — Revoc Lasers — specializing in the design and sale of a variety of laser devices. Bryson started coding at age 15 and shortly thereafter started his second company, Revoc Technologies, which produced a number of successful games, including Rhythmatic, a sound-analyzing music game that ended up as one of the top 5 apps in several countries, the number 1 music game in the United States, and the number 1 iOS game in Japan.  In 2014, after studying psychology and computer science at Amherst College, Bryson spent a brief stint as a project manager and developer at Epic, designing and implementing hospital electronic medical record systems. He led the successful development and release of both client and server-side code for the first mobile version of the Epic Bridges application. He left shortly thereafter to pursue his work on Scholly full-time. Bryson really likes making stuff, and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.  In addition to being our CTO, Bryson enjoys jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.

Bryson Alef

Co-Founder, CTO

and half-Japanese.

      Dave Becker  COO      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


       
  
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  Dave has over 18 years of experience helping colleges and universities leverage education technology to achieve student success. As Senior Vice President of Product Management at Ellucian (formerly SunGard Higher Education), he led product management strategy of 30 different actively managed and supported software solutions, a portfolio represented $250MM in annual revenue, 5000 customer installations, and multiple functional areas such as student services and financial management.  Dave founded Evisions' first Product Management team, responsible for the growth and strategy of 4 distinct product lines.  He focused product development and customer growth around research administration and higher education analytics and helped double the size of the company through market growth and new company acquisition.  In addition to being Scholly's COO, Dave is also our traffic cop and occasional EMT.

Dave Becker

COO

and reluctant grown-up. 

      David V. Hunt  IMPACT EXECUTIVE      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     David is the Impact Executive here at Scholly. His primary responsibility is to help organizations create positive impact for large groups of students by enabling them to deliver access to our app. In other words, his job is to create a positive impact for companies, their customers, and our world!  In his past life, David led marketing, crowdfunding, and investor strategy for a solar charging startup, and cut his business chops at Johnson & Johnson and the Haverford Trust Company (where he learned to rock a bowtie like no other.)  David is a beacon of positive vibes, delivered through a broad smile, a firm handshake and deep caring about making a difference for people and how they achieve their potential. While he attributes this dynamic optimism to being a survivor of aplastic anemia, meeting him you'll realize that the sickness never stood a chance.  In addition to being our Impact Executive, David uses the words  hakuna-matata  in legitimate conversations.

David V. Hunt

Impact Executive

and Prince-enthusiast.

         
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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   Jordan Goldenberg  CMO & Creative Director       

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     Jordan serves as Chief Marketing Officer & Creative Director for Scholly. He brings over 20 years of brand building experience, most notably as Founder and Creative Director of Finch Brands’, a branding agency founded in 1998 alongside executives’ instrumental in the ascent of IKEA and David’s Bridal. He has built a reputation as one of the industry’s foremost creative minds and brings a holistic approach to building brand strategies and their creative translations across categories, for such companies as: Everlast Worldwide, Samsung, Joseph Abboud, Thinkgeek, Guitar Center, WWE, The 76ers, Jack Daniels, Big Brothers Big Sisters and many, many others.  Choosing to apply his capabilities with focus, he is helping define the Scholly brand and translate it creatively, ultimately connecting it to the right people, the right way, at the right time.  In addition to being our CMO & Creative Director, Jordan is also our hair model.     Say Hello.

Jordan Goldenberg

CMO, Creative Director

and mascot. 

      Eli Bernstein  Product Manager      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     Eli serves as product manager and Scholly’s resident student. He brings previous product and strategic development experience from Eclipse Aerospace, where he created an updated strategy for aircraft maintenance computers, and Aquila Technologies, where he helped implement the DoD's Global Threat Reduction Initiative. At the University of Pennsylvania, he’s assisted with research for the World Well-Being Project and done consulting for local companies, while pursuing a degree in cognitive and computer science.   In addition to being our product manager, Eli also has eyebrows reminiscent of Brooke Shields.

Eli Bernstein

Product Manager

and usually in shorts.

      Evan Brophy  Software Engineer      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


        
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	mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}   Evan is a full stack developer from Bloomsburg, PA and recently relocated to Philadelphia to pursue his advanced techniques in software development with Scholly. After graduating from the Pennsylvania College of Technology with a degree in Computer Information Systems, he has worked in both corporate and startup environments as a front end and back end developer for over 10 years. Evan is experienced with building web apps and infrastructures to scale to millions of users.  In addition to being our software engineer, Evan is also bald.

Evan Brophy

Software Engineer

and train engineer.

      Scholly  A students' best friend      

  
     
    
       
        
           
                
           
        

        

       
    
     
  


     Scholly sniffs out scholarships and fetches you free money for college. Besides being bright red, Scholly is friendly, great with kids, and enjoys long walks on campuses. 

Scholly

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and scholarship chaser.

      The Scholly Squad  Students, scholarship enthusiasts, and education advocates that tirelessly search for scholarship sites, and constantly curate our database. The Scholly Squad makes sure our scholarship-matching platform resources are comprehensive, updated, and honest.

The Scholly Squad

Scholarship Search Ninjas

And real students, that really, really care.