It's Gay Pride month. We have scholarships for that!

It's Gay Pride month. We have scholarships for that!

Happy Pride month! I'm sure you know that we have many scholarships that are available tailored to the Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. But did you know that many of these scholarships are also open to students who demonstrate active involvement in promoting equal rights and acceptance of the gay and lesbian communities? So whether you identify as LGBTQ, or are someone who brings support and advocacy to the LGBTQ community, there are LGBTQ scholarships created for both students and allies. Here are a just a few that are currently available:


The Collective Bill Caspare Memorial Fund Scholarship    
Scholarship Application Deadline: July 14, 2017
Maximum Scholarship Award: $10,000

Pride Foundation’s Scholarship Program   
Scholarship Application Deadline: January 13, 2018  
Maximum Scholarship Award: $10,000

PrideGLV Rainbow Scholarship Fund
Scholarship Application Deadline: July 1, 2017
Maximum Scholarship Award: $500


Scholly is actively adding specific scholarships that match these parameters, and always updating current ones in our database. So log into your account and search for these scholarships and others that uniquely match you! Happy hunting.

Introducing the Scholly Score!

Introducing the Scholly Score!

We've recently launched a new feature on Scholly's scholarship search and matching app that helps you better determine which scholarships are most relevant to you! It's called the Scholly Score.

A scholarship’s Scholly Score is a value unique to you. We calculate it by blending competitiveness, match quality, and a bit of Scholly magic. While all the scholarships you’re matched with on Scholly are relevant, the higher the Scholly Score the more tailored it is to your unique profile, which means the better your chances at winning it!



So log in to your Scholly account, or sign up for Scholly now, and check it out this new helpful feature!

Wanna keep your smarts this summer? Read all about it!

Wanna keep your smarts this summer? Read all about it!

Trying to keep your mind sharp this summer? In between scholarship searches consider taking up some good reading. The school year, whether it be semesters or quarters, doesn’t reflect how post-life college functions. In the real world, work doesn’t stop when the weather is nice. And those three long summer months can affect students’ engagement with higher-level thinking - crucial for getting back to school and entering the workforce.

That is why summer reading has been recommended by so many educators as a way to keep students on track over the summer. Reading continues this engagement with higher-level thinking and creates a rhythm of learning. The main perk of summer reading is that students experience a change in intensity of reading, but not the activity of reading itself. Exercising your brain also eases the transition back to school, which saves you time re-adjusting to academic life.

When selecting your summer reads consider topics that are good for your personal development or that you’ve never learned about. For example, reading self-help books on personal finance or a political memoir can help your transition into adult life or challenge some of your personal views. Reading also inevitably improves one’s writing - great for scholarship essays.

Between scholarship applications and expanding your mind through literature, be sure to enjoy the down time. Summer breaks soon become a thing of the past once you enter the professional sphere. These breaks are precious, well deserved, and important for making memories and reconnecting with friends and family.

Read. Relax. And get those scholarships. 

Sunny won $600k in scholarships! Watch the incredible story.

Sunny won $600k in scholarships! Watch the incredible story.

One of Scholly's most compelling stories is that of Sunny Sandhu a student who used Scholly to win over $600,000 in scholarships to attend Princeton University. Today we share with you Sunny's personal experience with winning scholarships and how significant they can be to achieving your dreams. Here's the story of how a student set his dreams on Ivy League school, created his plan, and grew to see them fulfilled. 

He won nearly every major scholarship (and many others) including the Gates Millennium Scholarship, Coca Cola Scholarship, and Jack Cook Kent Scholarship. These scholarships will help him attend school debt free. Sunny is an inspiration to us and we know he'll be an inspiration to you. 

Check out the video here and be sure to share it with your friends. 

 

Scholly & CommonBond's $10,000 Scholarship Winner: The First in His Family to Attend College

Scholly & CommonBond's $10,000 Scholarship Winner: The First in His Family to Attend College

Bobby Robinson

BOBBY ROBINSON

Winner of the Scholly + CommonBond $10,000 Scholarship.

Not many 18-year-olds can picture what their life will look like in 10 years. Bobby Robinson is not most 18-year-olds.

“I see myself financially stable, with good credit, hopefully still in the Marine Corps, leading Marines,” Robinson said. “At that point in my life, I will start giving back to my community.”

For now, he’s on the receiving end — and with goals like these, it’s clear that he’s a deserving candidate.

This month, Robinson was awarded a $10,000 scholarship from Scholly & CommonBond. The award furthers Scholly’s commitment to connecting students with scholarship opportunities nationwide, and CommonBond’s goal of making higher education financing more affordable and transparent to invest in the futures of students. 

Robinson found out about the scholarship opportunity by simply searching through opportunities on the Scholly mobile app. But how did he find out that he’d actually won?

“Honestly, I was just getting out of a rifle drill with the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), and I saw the email and I ran out of the room,” said Robinson, a current freshman pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Savannah State University in Georgia. “The first thing I did was share the news with one of my senior officers.”

“I couldn’t believe that I was awarded so much money — $10,000 means I can be comfortable financially because I won’t have student debt this year, and I can continue to focus on preparing myself for the Marine Corps mentally, physically and spiritually when I graduate from college.”

I made a goal to be the first in my family to attend college, but I never knew how I was going to be able to pay for college since my mom was not able to be able to pay,” he said. “But I knew some way or somehow I was going to make it through college without her worrying.

Robinson is hopeful his education will lead him to where he wants to be in a decade. Looking back, Bobby has already overcome a number of obstacles to achieve his goals.

For one, no one in his family had ever gone to college. 

Born in Miami, Robinson grew up hoping that a scholarship to play football would pave the way to a four-year school (and even the National Football League). When he realized his more realistic route of attending college came via enlisting, he did just that.

“I made a goal to be the first in my family to attend college, but I never knew how I was going to be able to pay for college since my mom was not able to be able to pay,” he said. “But I knew some way or somehow I was going to make it through college without her worrying.”

A $10,000 scholarship certainly helps.

Robinson’s tuition is covered by the Navy, but his actual cost of attendance is financed in a number of ways. He was previously awarded a Pell Grant and took subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans from the government, and said the Scholly-CommonBond check will help him cover the costs of his housing (nearly $4,000). He also credited Savannah State’s financial aid counselors with helping him find as much gift aid as he can grab.

Robinson said he will continue to use Scholly’s app to find scholarship listings, and he is just getting familiar with CommonBond, which recently launched student loans for undergraduates like him as well as for graduate students.

If his dream of becoming a Marine Corps Officer in three years comes to fruition, Robinson plans to use his active duty salary to pay off his student loan debt within three years of graduating.

Before looking too far ahead, of course, he’s thinking more pointedly about what is of most concern to many students in America — his next year of college.

“I'm excited about sophomore year because I will be going into fall semester with an actual feel of college, so I will know what to expect and how to better balance class, work and NROTC,” he said. “I look forward to taking the good and the bad from my freshman year and applying it to my sophomore year to better myself as an individual, as a scholar and as a leader.”

Robinson, long interested in psychology, is majoring in behavioral analysis. He said he hopes to use his degree to communicate effectively with senior and junior Marines.

“My freshman year has been quite challenging,” Robinson said. “As Midshipmen, we have to realize that we are not the average college student. It’s a lot of responsibility as soon as you step foot on campus.”


About Scholly and CommonBond

Scholly is the scholarship-matching platform that has helped high school seniors, current undergraduates, and graduate students win over $70 Million for their education. Our web and mobile app turns the long months of search for scholarships into minutes, by delivering a smarter, targeted list of scholarships that are uniquely suited to you. It was created by Christopher Gray who won $1.3 million in scholarships through hard work, grit and determination. Realizing how broken and time consuming this process was, he and his team created Scholly to make things a lot easier for you. Find out more, and join Scholly at www.myscholly.com.
 

CommonBond is a financial technology company on a mission to give students and graduates more transparent, simple, and affordable ways to pay for higher education. By designing a better student loan experience that combines advanced technology with competitive rates and award-winning customer service, CommonBond has funded $1 billion in loans for its tens of thousands of members. The company’s enterprise platform, CommonBond for Business™, enables employees to receive a suite of student loan repayment benefits from their employer. CommonBond is the first and only finance company with a "one-for-one" social mission: for every loan it funds, CommonBond also funds the education of a child in need, through its partnership with Pencils of Promise. For more information, visit www.commonbond.co.

Graduation. Celebration. Scholarships?

Graduation. Celebration. Scholarships?

Graduation celebrations. Cap and gowns galore. Prom. Good music and great friends. Right now is surely a time for celebration as you take the next steps to advance your education. It's one small step for you and one giant leap for your life. As you enjoy the fruits of your labor thus far keep in mind that it's no time to slow down. Now is the time to really set yourself apart to support and fund your education.

We recommend two things as you spend your summer preparing for college. The first is to get involved - volunteer, commit yourself to an internship, mentor other students. Ensure that this summer equips you with additional items that set you apart. Why? Not only will these experiences help cultivate a broader sense of purpose but they'll also be valuable assets for when you get into college and want to tell your story to Financial Aid in future years to secure additional scholarship funding for school. Many institutions have internal scholarships that require unique experiences and want to support students who will be valuable to the school. Start that process this summer by doing some amazing things.

Second, apply to more external scholarships. Deadlines are still fast approaching but you have time to search for scholarships and submit scholarship applications to win some last second funding. Many scholarships go unapplied for because of the stigma associated with different "peak scholarship seasons." What's important to remember is that scholarships and those who issue them are year round - apply often. 

With a heartfelt congratulations from the Scholly team, we congratulate you and wish you a wonderful summer! Stay tuned for more exciting tips and tricks for how to win free money for college!