Some more scholarship winning tips ...

Some more scholarship winning tips ...

Fall is a great time to apply for scholarships. So in addition to becoming a Scholly member (obvi the best way to find them!) we wanted to share some other tips to help you find scholarship money.

Look in your backyard.

Your local community likely has college scholarships looking for you. Businesses and organizations in your hood want to support your success as a student, so look for them, and put in the work to apply.

Think out of your backyard.

Colleges often want to build geographic diversity. So consider applying to college scholarships to schools in another state.

Manage your online persona.

Your online presence is important to clean up, as it will most def be looked at. Schools consider their scholarship winners a reflection of themselves, so make sure you look buttoned up, ok, ok, at least reasonably presentable! ;)

 

6 Black-Owned Businesses Started by College Students

6 Black-Owned Businesses Started by College Students

Below is an excerpt written by TeenVogue about Scholly! Check out the full article here.

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One thing college students always need, or perhaps, want, is money. This black-owned business will give just that — money — in the form of scholarships. After being featured on Shark Tank, Christopher Gray’s Scholly app has dominated the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. Students and parents flock to the app to earn thousands of dollars in scholarships, which makes sense, considering Gray earned 1.3 million dollars in scholarships himself. However, it was not enough for Gray to pave his way through college on scholarships. He wanted to make college a reality for every student and created Scholly to simplify the scholarship search. This cool company is like the common app for scholarships as it condenses money-saving information into one neat app. Since Gray’s humble beginnings as an aspiring college student from a single parent household, the company has collected big name partnerships like Jessie Williams serving as the Chief Brand Ambassador. While the app is free to download, it costs $2.99 to unlock its premium features. Still, for the amount of scholarship money available, it is a small fee for a bright future.

4 Tips to a better Scholarship Essay

4 Tips to a better Scholarship Essay

Sure, everyone know that Scholly helps you find the scholarships looking for you, but that doesn't mean you can just phone in the essay. Here are 4 tips for writing a better scholarship essay:

1. Understand who you're writing it for.

Take some time to know the organization that's offering each scholarship. Review their website, and the company/organization’s vision and positioning — It could make a meaningful difference in what you choose to write about, and how you angle it. Write from your mind and heart, of course, but make sure it's done in a way that will resonate with your audience!

2. Don't start from scratch every time.

You probably already have essays you wrote to get into college. You can find some great starters in them, and can repurpose them into some substantial head starts for your scholarship essays.

3. Edit.

Most essays are short, but you will likely have a lot to say once you get going!  We suggest writing it out long form, and then go through again, highlighting the most critical pieces. Figure out how to make them fit together, and leave the rest on the cutting room floor. You'll be left with all killer and no filler.

4. Proof it, and proof it again!

But don't just take your word for it... send your scholarship essay to your parents and friends. A fresh set of eyes can catch grammar mistakes, typos, or just help make it better!

Hope that's helpful, and don't forget to join Scholly, to help make the search for scholarships easier. 

Four popular fall scholarships...

Four popular fall scholarships...

Fall is here! That means apple cider is back, the leaves are changing color, and people are already talking about Halloween. It also means scholarship programs are looking to give you free money for this school year. To help you get started on those scholarship applications we compiled a list of our popular scholarships with deadlines this fall to get you going. 

Voice of Democracy Scholarship
Award amount: $30,000
Who is eligible: High School
Deadline: November 1

1st place for this scholarship goes to a high school student for an exceptional essay on American democracy to be paid directly to the winner’s future college or university. Other scholarship awards from this program range from $1,000-$16,000. This scholarship is open to all American students from 9th-12th grade.


Scholarship America Dream Award
Award amount: $15,000
Who is eligible: Undergraduate students
Deadline: October 15th 

The purpose of this program is to provide financial support for students while they continue through school. Financial need is a heavily considered and 10 scholarships will be awarded.

Addiction Awareness Scholarship
Award amount: $6,000
Who is eligible: Undergraduate and Graduate students
Deadline: December 22nd 

For those who are passionate about addiction and its effects on both individuals and their wider communities, this essay contest is for you. 2nd and 3rd places are also awarded $3,000 and $2,000 respectively. 


U.S. Bank Scholarship
Award amount: $20,000
Who is eligible: High School and College/University Students
Deadline: October 27th 

This scholarship requires applicants to complete Financial Genius tutorials and awards runners-up $5,000-$10,000. Registration is quick and easy and you get to learn about finances along the way!

These are just five of the programs waiting for you to apply to them. You literally have no excuse. Go get those scholarships now!

Financial health starts with staying healthy!

Financial health starts with staying healthy!

School is back in session, the weather is changing, and those scholarship application deadlines are looming. Here are our tips for staying healthy this upcoming application season:

First thing’s first, take those vitamins! Whether it be the gummies, some Emergen-C, or those hippy homeopathic immune system boosters, make sure your body is equip to fight those toxins.

WASH YOUR HANDS. This may seem like a given, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t do this after they do their business. Dirty hands is one of the easiest ways to catch someone else’s bug. Keep some hand sanitizer on deck as well.

Sleep. Now this may be difficult if you’re a student balancing classes, extracurriculars, a job, and scholarship applications, but manage your time to make sure you’re giving your body a rest. Tired body means tired immune system.

Hydrate. Fluids are your friend. They flush out germs and toxins and keep your skin glowy.

Swerve on them sick people. Even if they are your friends. If you live with any, be sure to regularly disinfect surfaces and doorknobs.

Get a flu shot. Some schools and pharmacies do them for free depending on your insurance. And why not protect yourself when you don’t have to spend any money?

Break a sweat. Regular exercise is good for your immune system.

Stay warm. Eat some warm food and drink some tea. When you’re cold, your body spends energy warming you up when it could spend that energy fighting off infections. Help your body help itself.

It’s crucial to stay healthy this fall. This is a great time to apply to scholarships and you need to be healthy in order to balance those applications with school work. Some scholarship programs even like to interview candidates, so tip top shape should be a priority.

Happy hunting!

Christopher Gray's top tips on how to apply for as many scholarships as possible ...

Christopher Gray's top tips on how to apply for as many scholarships as possible ...

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It’s back to school time and we know college is on your mind, as well as how to pay for it! Luckily, the fall is prime time for scholarships. This is when the biggest scholarships out there are opened up and ready for you to apply to. When I was back in high school, September gave me a bit of a high. Suddenly, I realized that there was so much money out there for me, and I had to find the most efficient way to get it all done and to apply for as many as I could. That being said, here are a few tips to make sure you get to apply for as many scholarships as possible:

  • Recycling scholarship essays is a great way to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Most scholarship essay prompts are similar (or sometimes the same) so I suggest reusing essays as much as you can in order to scale your efforts. I personally won 1.3 million dollars in scholarships,  and for a lot of the scholarships I won I recycled my essays!
     
  • Scholarships that have very specific eligibility requirements are usually easier to win since there will be fewer applicants. The same goes for smaller scholarships that are around $1000-$5000, since many students don’t apply for them thinking they are not meaningful amounts and won't move the needle. Smaller scholarships can add up and really make a difference. Scholly allows our users to sort scholarships by amount and we also have something called the Scholly Score, which lets our users know how competitive the scholarships are. 
     
  • Lastly, you can also reuse the same recommendation letters. It’s terrible when you have finished a scholarship application and at the last minute you need to rush and wait on mentors, teachers, your boss, or whoever to write you a solid recommendation letter. Find the people to write them now and get it done!

Also, Scholly has some new updates in the coming months that will make the scholarship process even more efficient for students. Stay tuned!  :)