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!  :)

 

Back-to-school Sanity 101

Back-to-school Sanity 101

It’s August! That means Back to School season is in full swing. At Scholly we care deeply a about student finances (understatement) so here are some tips as you get ready to dive into those books:

Make a list. This will guide your shopping and make sure you don’t spend unnecessarily. Draw up a budget to go with your list. 

Shop for your essentials online. It’s easier to compare prices online and stick to your shopping list with online searches. You’ll save time and money and probably some energy. For school supplies, go through what you already have and make a list of only things you need. School supplies can get expensive, so this is a great way to save money and be environmentally friendly.

Buy in bulk. Online shopping centers like eBay and Amazon have great bulk purchase deals on house and dorm room supplies that you’ll need throughout the semester. (Think toilet paper and cleaning supplies - things that can add up when bought in small quantities).

Get yourself a working laptop. Working, not the newest version. And remember to ask for student discounts! Many major computer and software brands will have student discounts especially during back to school season. 

Stretch your wardrobe money with thrifting - hipster is in, remember?

Rent before you buy. Don’t break your banking buying the newest edition of your textbooks. Amazon Student has online rentals and you should even ask around at school before renting. You might get a textbook for much cheaper than its sale price, or even borrow from a friend for free!

Consider second-hand furniture stores for interior design. You can get great antique pieces for reasonable prices to fill your living space and have it look classy at the same time. 

Finally, plan ahead. It will allow you to get organized for shopping, saying those last-minute goodbyes, and those scholarship applications with Scholly. 

Why Every College Student Needs Exercise

Why Every College Student Needs Exercise

This piece from The Huffington Post on why every college student needs exercise seems more relevant than ever after a slothlike summer weekend of rest and relaxation. Thought we'd share, as now is the time to start training your body, your mind, and your finances to get back into student shape!


The beginning of college is a time of excitement and anxiety. There’s so much to do, so many people to meet, and absolutely no time for lounging around. One thing every college student should make time for, though, is exercising. Exercise is crucial, especially for people who are new to the college lifestyle. If you throw it in your routine right away, it will never feel like you’re missing out while you’re at the gym.

It’s great for your body.
No one likes to say it, but the “Freshman 15” is a very real thing; I experienced it myself. Everyone gains weight their freshman year of college. Admit it, you’re not eating the healthiest and you’re drinking more beer than you ever thought possible. When you’re not in class, studying or working all you want to do is lay in bed and watch Netflix. However, working out several hours a week will help keep off some of that weight. You’ll get fit and be proud of the body you worked for.

It’s great for your mind.
According to one of the greatest lawyers of our time, Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy,” . Even though Woods is only real in Legally Blonde, she was right. College is a time of extreme stress. The constant pressure can get to you if you don’t have a way to release that stress. Going to the gym can actually make you happy while putting you in the best shape of your life. The endorphins can counteract the stress and give you a release for all the pent-up tension.

It’s great for your friendships. 
The best way to actually get yourself to the gym is to go with a friend. One of my best friends took me for the first time my freshman year and I never stopped going. You plan to go together and after that there’s no backing out. As long as you follow through, you have someone to chat with and to get food with after. You can even start looking up great workouts and trying them together. Plus, now you’ll have someone to talk to about how sore you are the next day.

No matter what way you look at it, exercise will make you an overall healthier person. And in college, that’s just a necessity.

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Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/caitlynne-leary/why-every-college-student-needs-exercise_b_7967830.html

Win our $1000 Scholarship!

Win our $1000 Scholarship!

Share Scholly to enter our $1000 scholarship. If you're a Scholly member, share your code through your app or web account. Every time someone clicks your link, it counts as 1 entry to our $1000 scholarship.

The most entries wins.

Go to your SHARE link in the main menu of the moble and web app. Share your link through social, email, SMS, or all of the above. The more people click on your link the better your chance of winning. A winner will be chosen at the end of September, so share, share, share... and share!

Of course if you're not a Scholly member, sign up now, this won't be the only scholarship opportunity you'll be matched with.

How to Manage Your Scholarships on Scholly

How to Manage Your Scholarships on Scholly

You probably know by now that Scholly matches you with scholarships meant just for you, instantly. But did you that we help you manage them too!

Once you build a profile on Scholly and get matched to scholarships (it even has something called a ‘Scholly Score’ which indicates how well matched you are to a scholarship to help you prioritize) scroll through the list and hit ‘Save’ for the ones to which you’d like to apply. These saved scholarships will show up on your ‘Saved’ list which you can access by clicking on the ‘Saved’ button at the top of your scholarship list.

You now have your favorite scholarships ‘Saved’ and you can start applying! Be sure to keep track of deadlines and maybe even make yourself an application schedule. Once you’ve started on a scholarship application, you can click the ‘In Progress’ button on the scholarship box to mark that you are still working on it. Once you have finished that application, click on the ‘Applied’ button. The scholarship will have a blue tick next to it and be moved to the bottom of your ‘Saved’ list.

If and when you win a scholarship, the scholarship program will contact you directly. At that point, log into Scholly and click the ‘Won’ button. A green trophy will appear next to the scholarship you won, and THAT feel really, really good!

Happy applying!