We're Hiring: Director of Operations

We're Hiring: Director of Operations

Scholly is looking for a Director of Operations to join our team!

Company Description

At Scholly, we are dedicated to developing game-changing technology platforms for students, parents and institutions that help every individual access and afford the higher education opportunity they want. Scholly is an easy way to find scholarships for high school seniors, current undergraduates, and graduate students. Designed to ease the scholarship search process, Scholly’s adaptive matching engine promises to deliver smarter, targeted lists of scholarships. Scholly seeks to fix the current outdated process that requires students to fill out long, tiresome forms and then fail to deliver relevant results — All this in the form factor of mobile applications. 

Why Us? 

At Scholly, we believe in making higher education accessible to any student who desires it. One of the biggest barriers for students entering college is the ever rising cost of attending both private and public institutions. We work hard and fast to imagine and create solutions that help students find ways to lower the barriers to higher education. We’re a small but growing team located in Los Angeles. Working at Scholly, you would be responsible for a wide range of projects and would see big changes created by you released on a regular basis. We adapt quickly, creating a constant stream of new ideas and opportunities to help make a difference in students’ lives. Join us and see how you can make a difference in communities across the country, by helping more people get the education they deserve! 

Job Description:

We are looking for a Director of Operations who will help us with organization of our daily operations, in order to safeguard and augment the efficiency of the company’s operations to facilitate accelerating development and long-term success. Your duties will include ensuring that our business is well-coordinated and productive by managing our procedures and coaching our people.

Director of Operations responsibilities are:

  • Perform an evaluation of the efficiency of business procedures according to organizational objectives and apply improvements regularly
  • Work together with executives and top managers to make decisions for operational activities and set strategic goals 
  • Monitor daily business activities to ensure smooth progress 
  • Oversee procurement processes and coordinate material and resources allocation 
  • Supervise the work of different departments and provide constructive feedback 
  • Perform an evaluation of the overall performance of the company by gathering, analyzing and interpreting data and metrics 
  • Organize customer support processes, enhancing customer satisfaction 
  • Explore financial information and optimize operational budgets 
  • Review and update policies and promote their implementation 
  • Organize relationships and agreements with external partners and vendors

Director of Operations requirements are:

  • Bachelors Degree and 5+ years' experience working in an operations or related position 
  • Solid experience with diverse business functions and principles (consulting, management, finance, customer service etc.) 
  • Good practical knowledge of data analysis and performance/operation metrics 
  • Experience with MS Office and various business software including ERP and CRM solutions 
  • Strong organizational and leadership abilities

If interested, please email us at careers@myscholly.com 

Meet the Student Who Won $142,000 in Scholarships

Meet the Student Who Won $142,000 in Scholarships

 
I’ll never forget that feeling of being on the stage and realizing I could go to my dream school.
— Chika
 

Meet Chika Adiele, a determined college-bound Scholly user from Vegas, NV who won $142,000 in scholarships. Scholly was founded on the ideal of providing an opportunity for all. We stay motivated because of success stories like Chika's. This is how she got that bread: 

Since I was little, I was always told to never worry about paying for college. Then one day during the summer before my senior year, my mom told me that I would have to pay tuition by myself because our financial situation. My dad, the financial breadwinner, had lost everything, and my single mom needed money for other expenses. I was shocked and devastated, but I'm not one to give up easily so I started exploring some options. That’s when I found my solution: scholarships.

In the beginning, the scholarship process was incredibly intimidating and overwhelming. Many websites were terribly organized and barely had any scholarships for me. Then I came across Scholly.

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The website was super user-friendly, matched me with amazing scholarships, and even told me which scholarships best suited me with the Scholly score. I treated applying to scholarships like a part-time job. It was not easy. I went to a dual credit high school which practically made me a full-time college student. On top of my classes, I was the student council president, conducting undergraduate research, doing theater, and volunteering among other things. I’d apply during any spare time I had on the app: rehearsal, between classes, while I was eating, or even during my workouts. The Scholly deadline tracker to kept me on track with applications amidst my crazy schedule.

Over time, applying became easier. I started reusing the same essays and the Scholly blog tips had great advice. What used to take me 2 hours started taking 30-45 minutes. It actually started becoming fun and was a major confidence booster. With the help of Scholly, I applied to over 100 scholarships during my senior year. To top it off, I even got accepted into my dream school: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I still remember the very first major scholarship I won. It was the end of April, and it was from the Rogers Foundation. At this point, the college decision day was a little over a week away. I still didn’t have the funds to go to UNC-Chapel Hill, but I kept a positive attitude. Next thing I knew, I won the grand scholarship of $100,000. I’ll never forget that feeling of being on the stage and realizing I could go to my dream school. My mom was screaming and I teared I was so happy. It got even better. During the next ten days, I won over $40,000 more in outside scholarships. Not only was I able to afford college but could now go practically for free.

I plan on majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish so that I can go to medical school and become a doctor. With the help of scholarships and Scholly, I’m one step closer to my dream.

Congratulations, Chika! The Scholly team is proud of you. 

Have your own Scholly Story to share? Let us know! Still need to make your dreams come true? Join Scholly today!

We’re Hiring: Director of Growth Marketing

We’re Hiring: Director of Growth Marketing

Scholly is looking for a Director of Growth Marketing to join our team!

Company Description

At Scholly, we are dedicated to developing game-changing technology platforms for students, parents and institutions that help every individual access and afford the higher education opportunity they want. Scholly is an easy way to find scholarships for high school seniors, current undergraduates, and graduate students. Designed to ease the scholarship search process, Scholly’s adaptive matching engine promises to deliver smarter, targeted lists of scholarships. Scholly seeks to fix the current outdated process that requires students to fill out long, tiresome forms and then fail to deliver relevant results — All this in the form factor of mobile applications. 

Why Us? 

At Scholly, we believe in making higher education accessible to any student who desires it. One of the biggest barriers for students entering college is the ever rising cost of attending both private and public institutions. We work hard and fast to imagine and create solutions that help students find ways to lower the barriers to higher education. We’re a small but growing team located in Los Angeles. Working at Scholly, you would be responsible for a wide range of projects and would see big changes created by you released on a regular basis. We adapt quickly, creating a constant stream of new ideas and opportunities to help make a difference in students’ lives. Join us and see how you can make a difference in communities across the country, by helping more people get the education they deserve! 

Job Description

We’re looking for a Director of Growth Marketing that will oversee multi-functional efforts to drive user acquisition and growth efforts. Driving sustainable user and economic growth across our platform, you will make a tangible impact across the business. Working in partnership with product, creative, engineering, media and analytics this role is responsible for holistic ownership of growth; a sophisticated management of user qualification, on-boarding, retention, and LTV projection is expected, in addition to traditional customer acquisition activity. This is a highly visible role that interacts with the senior leadership team. 

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for performance management of evergreen marketing activities 
  • Managing cross-functional collaboration (product, design and engineering teams) to introduce and drive growth through innovative functional enhancements and strategies 
  • Serve as business manager responsible for overseeing the health of our overall customer acquisition activity 
  • Develop sophisticated acquisition strategies that meet the unique demands of various user cohorts (e.g., casual, core, and viral) 
  • Test, manage and optimize a series of acquisition offers for maximum efficiency and efficacy against seasonality and user cohorts 
  • Provide analysis on acquisition, on-boarding and new user retention strategies, optimizing the program for overall business outcomes (not ‘growth at any cost’ hacking) 
  • Own the referral program and similar growth initiatives 

Requirements

  • 5+ years experience in digital/growth marketing with a focus on consumer acquisition. 
  • A Growth mindset; Product led, data driven, highly creative 
  • Results oriented, with the need to be objective and measure performance 
  • Metrics driven. Seeks continuous improvement of marketing efforts to increase quality and productivity. Ability to bring strong analytical rigor to your decision making 
  • Ability and eagerness to effectively balance the big-picture strategic work with execution 
  • Proficient in a range of tools across the marketing stack: eg Amplltude, Adjust, GA, Chartio, Optimizely 

If interested, please email us at careers@myscholly.com 

Why You Shouldn't Sleep on Smaller Scholarships

Why You Shouldn't Sleep on Smaller Scholarships

Every spring there are floods of media reports about students earning millions of dollars for college. Scholly founder and CEO, Chris Gray, was one of those stories. Chris won some big name scholarships from the Gate’s Foundation and Coca Cola Scholars Foundation. But an important lesson Chris often shares is that the smaller scholarship awards he earned also helped pay for college. 

Two hundred and fifty dollars, five hundred dollars, a thousand dollars… every scholarship at one of these amounts adds up, and is money you don’t currently have. You know what else adds up? The miscellaneous expenses that come with student life. Books, a broken laptop, clothes for an internship interview, emergency travel, tuition for a summer course, storage fees for your stuff, and so much more will all be part of your financial considerations. These expenses accumulate on top normal tuition, fees, and housings costs that will likely rise each year. 

When you log into Scholly to see new matches or hear about specific smaller scholarship opportunities in your community or on campus, don’t just brush them off. Take the time to look into them. If you already have an essay template that aligns with the topic, edit it with Scholly Editor, then apply! You just might walk away a winner with an amazing story to tell! Let us know for a chance to be featured on the Scholly site.

And remember, scholarships are offered all year round! Log into Scholly now and avoid student debt!

Get the Inside Scoop on Campus-life: Tips for Incoming College Freshmen

Get the Inside Scoop on Campus-life: Tips for Incoming College Freshmen

We hope our college-bound high school grads are considering taking part in pre-freshman programs. These programs give you a chance to learn during the summer and get better acquainted with the school and some of your future peers. If you are not yet convinced  you will want to keep reading. These tips are useful for both college-bound and high school students. 

Pre-freshmen programs often target students that colleges feel will benefit strongly from a nurturing head start. Maybe you’re a first-gen college student or you went to a less competitive high school. That doesn’t mean you’re not ready for college. It simply means you may need some help getting started. Summer Bridge and Pre-Freshman programs are designed to introduce students to the academic expectations of their colleges in a smaller, more structured environment. During the program you will be on campus with a few dozen other incoming students. You’ll receive mentoring from faculty and peers, be introduced to important support offices and resources, and build your confidence. By the time the rest of your class arrives, you’ll have already settled in. Some pre-freshman programs can even be done for academic credit.

If you can’t make it because of travel, work, or some other conflict, that’s perfectly fine. Maximize your summer time with family or save up as much as possible from your summer job. But don’t turn down this opportunity simply because you don’t feel like doing school work in August. If you haven’t been keeping up with your mail and didn’t even know about pre-freshmen programs, stop reading this and open up those letters from school!   

For high school students, you can find similar college readiness programs held during the days on a campus near you or overnight on campuses nationwide. College readiness programs will give you a good introduction to college life, making your eventual transition easier. Look out for these opportunities and add them to your summer calendars.

And remember, summer is a great time to apply for scholarships! 

6 Ways to Keep Your Money Up Post-Grad

6 Ways to Keep Your Money Up Post-Grad

This past two months have been huge milestones for college students around the country. In the words of Elle Woods, congratulations class of 2018, we did it! It’s time to trade in the cap and gown for a suit and tie and make sure your post-grad life is off to a great start. Here are 6 tips to keep your money right after graduation.

1. Don’t be Afraid of the B-Word

After you score your first job and get used to receiving a paycheck for a few months, it’s important to sit down and figure out a budget. Take the money you get after taxes, add up all of your monthly expenses (i.e. student loan payment, car loan, cell phone), and violà, your weekly budget has been born. Always try and spend less than what you make so you can put away money for a rainy day. Shoot for having 3-6 months of living expenses in your savings so that you’re prepared for emergencies.

2. Start Breaking Down your Debt

Hopefully you were Scholly member and accessed that free money to graduate debt free. If not, no worries – we’ve still got you. It’s no secret debt is daunting, but it’s how you persevere through that debt that can put you in the right financial mindset for the future. A crucial first step is to make a clear and detailed plan. If you have college debt, research options to refinance your student loans. Refinancing allows you to consolidate your federal and private loans into one streamlined payment with a lower interest rate. Streamlined payments lower your monthly payments leaving you with more money to save or invest. Find other ways of curbing your spending like packing lunches, passing on happy hours, and most importantly living within your means. You’ll break down your debt even quicker.

3. Check and Establish your Credit

Your credit score is a benchmark of your financial responsibility. After you graduate, it’s important to check your credit score to make sure there aren’t any unnecessary marks against you. If there are, request to get them adjusted. There are free websites available for you to check your credit score so there are no excuses. Your credit score will affect major financial decisions like purchasing a car, refinancing your loans, and renting an apartment. You don’t want to have a measly number holding you back from achieving your goals.

4. Utilize Your Employer’s 401k or Retirement Plan

If your employer offers a 401k retirement plan or some type of equivalent, take advantage of it. Ideally, you would want to contribute enough to get the company match (usually 4-6%), because who doesn’t like free money? The younger you start contributing to your retirement savings, the more powerful the compounding interest will work in your favor. Don’t stop at the company match though; if your budget allows for it, increase the percentage every year or each time you get a raise.

5. Start Investing

Investing can seem like uncharted territory to a recent college grad. It’s a common misconception that you need to pay down all of your debt before you put a chunk of your money into an investment account. Time is your biggest advantage when it comes to investing so don’t wait until you are making more money. Check out this guide for beginner investing tips for college grads.

6. Splurge on Experiences

Focus on experiences rather than material things. You don’t want to look back on your twenties and regret not booking that trip or going to that concert. You’ll never be this free again, so take the opportunity to travel to new places, try new things, and meet new people!

 

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