Scholly for Harlem

Scholly for Harlem

Student success starts with affording college. Scholly has partnered with Forbes to provide free access to our platform for Harlem public and charter high school juniors and seniors! We are providing 2,500 lifetime access registrations for students to find free money to attend college.

Scholly for Harlem, held earlier this week, brought together community leaders, policymakers, educators, and change agents from around the city of New York. This marked the start of Scholly’s intentional efforts to strengthen the pipeline to and through college for students in Harlem.

“Scholly’s core value is to make quality higher education affordable and accessible to everyone,” said Christopher Gray, Founder and CEO of Scholly. “We are delighted to collaborate with Forbes to create opportunities for young people in Harlem and give them the resources needed to achieve their educational goals.”

The event included a Q&A with Civil Rights activist DeRay McKesson and our very own brand ambassador, actor, and Civil Rights proponent Jesse Williams. Their conversation centered around equity and access, and how investments like Scholly can help students reimagine the possibilities for their future.  We also hosted a fireside chat with Elizabeth Strozier, an executive director at Forbes Media, and Gary Johnson, the Director of Strategy & Operations at the NYC Mayor’s Technology Office. Johnson, a Harlem native spoke to his commitment to equip students with educational tools that will change the trajectory of their lives. His excitement to team up with Scholly was evident. Scholly for Harlem highlighted the importance of democratizing access to education and the role technology can play in facilitating that access.

Why are we helping Harlem students?

Helping students continue their education and reach their fullest potential is exactly what Scholly is about. Home of the Harlem Renaissance, Harlem has been a major hub for African-American culture, business, and social change for the past century. As a business committed to diversity and inclusion, providing access to our platform that includes the scholarship search and Scholly Editor to Harlem students furthers our mission of providing opportunity for all.

Want to get involved?

Are you a Harlem student, teacher, or school administrator eager to get started and learn more about Scholly for Harlem? Or are you an organization or individual wanting to replicate the Scholly for Harlem model in another city? Contact Azani Pinkney at for more information. Harlem students, happy scholarship searching and welcome to the Scholly family!

How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing the Way We Learn

How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing the Way We Learn

Scholly just introduced its latest product, Scholly Editor. A platform that allows students and individuals to have their writing reviewed and edited by Artificial Intelligence technology. AI is a rapidly growing learning mechanism that is earning its place as a necessary tool in education, to better the way students learn and improve the overall quality of education. To further understand how AI is becoming increasingly important, we wanted to give our readers a deeper look into how this technology is changing the educational sphere.

Artificial Intelligence, better known as "AI", is machine intelligence that allows individuals to learn, use, and make technological commands through advanced computer science. Basically, it's a super cool robot who does whatever you tell it to!

Here are 5 different ways in which this technology and Scholly Editor will transform our classrooms:

1. AI can make trial-and-error learning less intimidating

While the trial-and-error process is critical in learning, for so many students, the idea of failing, or simply not knowing the answer when called upon can be crippling. An AI computer system, designed to help students learn is a much more harmless way to deal with this scary but crucial learning component. With this in mind, the technology used in Scholly Editor allows students to quickly and accurately edit as many drafts as needed prior to finalizing and submitting. AI technology could potentially offer students a way to experiment and learn in a more fun, light, and judgement-free environment.

2. Educational software can adapt to student needs

From kindergarten to graduate school, one of the key ways artificial intelligence impacts education is through more comprehensive individualized learning. We’re already seeing the development of this in games, software, and multiple learning programs. While using Scholly Editor, students can better understand where their areas of need are, something that is sometimes difficult to determine in a non-automated process. Our platform provides suggested corrections, and advises on the weakest points in one's writing, giving users a more robust understanding of where they can improve. AI software learns the needs of students based on their behavior and choices and responds to those needs, for example, putting greater emphasis on subjects the individual might be struggling with.

3. Data powered by AI can change how schools find, teach, and support students

AI technology is already making waves in the way colleges interact with prospective and current students. From recruiting to helping students choose the best courses, intelligent computer systems are helping make every part of the college experience more individualized to the student. Initiatives are already underway at some schools to offer students AI-guided training that can ease the transition between college and high school. Who knows? The college selection process may end up a lot like Amazon or Netflix, with a system that recommends the best schools and programs for student interests.

4. Artificial intelligence can automate tedious educational activities like grading

While AI may not replace human grading wholly, it’s getting pretty close. Currently in education, teachers are able to automate grading for nearly any style of testing or writing. Because Scholly Editor is available to everyone, even teachers can utilize our technology as a way to grade more thoroughly, and let the computer do the work. While grading software is still in its infancy, it will certainly improve over the years, allowing teachers to focus more on the students and less on the grading.

5. Students can get additional support from AI tutors

There are certainly things that human tutors can offer that machines cannot, for example, more personalized assistance, creative suggestions, and a generally more humanized experience. However, the future could see more students relying on AI-based tutoring to make the learning process more efficient. With our proofreading categories (spelling, grammar, and writing style), students who use Scholly Editor can get specialized and specific support for their writing needs, without having to worry that a particular writing concern was left unnoticed.

While Artificial Intelligence is still being perfected, it has the potential to dramatically change the educational landscape and redesign classroom learning altogether. Not only can this assist in local classrooms, AI learning provides the software and support to students anywhere in world at any time. It is a revolutionary milestone in our technological sphere and we are excited and proud to be using it ourselves with our Scholly Editor platform. Educational programs powered by AI are already helping students to learn basic skills, but as these programs grow and as developers learn more, they will likely offer students a much wider range of services.

Best Extracurricular Activities For College Applications

Best Extracurricular Activities For College Applications

While we're still a few months away from college application season, it is never too early to start preparing to ensure you have enough substance on your application. The goal is to stand out in a meaningful way and highlight your strengthens. Your application should portray you as the best candidate! 

When it comes to your volunteer, extracurricular, and professional experiences, you don’t want to leave blank space. Make the most of your time in school to ensure you have the most material for your application possible. The best advice? Be undeniable! 

Keep in mind, however, that colleges are aware when the activities you choose to participate in are simply for the sake of being able to say you did. Sometimes, having too diverse a list of activities can hurt you. It's important to try and keep your participation limited to activities you actually enjoy and will keep pursuing – especially ones that are relevant to what you want to pursue in college. 

Plus! At Scholly, we are all about pursuing your passion and what you're GREAT at, so you might as well choose what you love. That way, you’ll benefit from the experience in more ways than just your application word count.

Here are different types of extracurricular activities that colleges actually want to see. With a little something for everyone, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

1. Student Government

Colleges value applicant with leadership skills. And what better way to demonstrate such skills than holding a position in student government? It’s a great way to participate in school affairs and shows you take initiative, are responsible, and trusted by your peers. 

2. Speech & Debate Team

Students on the speech and debate teams are more likely to be engaged in current issues of today, since the topics they speak to and debate are often related to news, relevant events, and social issues. It's also an excellent way to learn critical thinking skills and think on your feet; two qualities colleges certainly look for in prospective students. 

3. Internships

Snagging an internship is a surefire way to boost your application in a sea of competition. It shows you're dedicated to your career goals and mature enough to handle work & school simultaneously. Demonstrating such qualities shows admissions officers you’ll be more than capable of handling heavier course loads and will more than likely be actively participating in your curriculum.

4. Academic Teams and Clubs

Joining an academic club or team shows that you’re passionate about learning and gaining a competitive advantage. It shows that when it comes to a challenge, you're ready to take it on!  Mathletes, robotics, academic decathalons, and STEM clubs are just a few examples where you can train your brain in a fun and rewarding way, and will definitely tell admissions officers that you love to learn and want to exceed.

5. The Arts

Creativity is always an asset when it comes to college applications. Students active in creative arts, like music, drama and visual arts are often unique and think outside of the box. These qualities make you more compelling on an application, and admissions officers find them attractive. An artistic edge also lets colleges know that you will add culture and diversity to campus life, something colleges very often strive for. 

6. Culture Clubs

Speaking of culture! To promote diversity, inclusion, and appreciation for others, colleges value involvement in cultural clubs & activities, whether you're a part of that culture or not. Colleges value students active in promoting diversity and culture now more than ever before. Involvement in such organizations, even off-campus, demonstrate your willingness to learn about and accept others, while creating awareness around those who may be different from you, and bringing different groups of people together. It also reveals that you have compassion for others and the strength of character to speak up for what you believe in.

7. Volunteer Work and Community Service

Most colleges consider some form of volunteer work or community service a must-have for all applicants. It looks especially good if you get involved with a volunteer activity that students tend to generally shy away from. For example, volunteering at a retirement home or community clean-ups. However, there are so many other easy ways to help out in your community – just think creatively! The great thing about volunteer activities though is that you can volunteer with organizations that don't necessarily relate to what you want to pursue, since colleges value the volunteering more than anything else. 

8. The Student Newspaper

This is an excellent way to showcase your writing skills and show that you are interested in the world around you and are aware. Plus, being published in any form – whether it’s the student newspaper or another form – is an impressive accomplishment. Exercising this skill, especially in a more creative outlet like a student publication, looks great on your application because it shows that your interests extend beyond that of academic or professional, and that you're interested in even the people, events, and happenings around you. 

9. A Part-time Job

If you’re concerned about your lack of extracurricular activities because of your job, don’t be. Colleges know that many students don’t have the luxury of participating in extracurricular activities because they must work to help support their families or themselves. Plus, similar to an internship, a part-time job shows that you're willing to work hard and are able to balance school and work. It shows dedication & commitment, arguably two of the most important qualities one should possess as a college student. 

10. Athletics

Sports  are a great way to practice and showcase your ability to work in a team, ability to lead, and that physical health is important to you. However, while athletics are a great way to demonstrate an array of traits and qualities, it's important that you don't rely solely on your athletic prowess and also get involved in additional activities that make you look more well-rounded. 

What activities do you consider to be most important? Those activities are great to include on scholarship applications as well. Start your scholarship search and get matched with thousands of scholarships instantly.

Meet the Newest Addition to The Scholly Platform: Scholly Editor

Meet the Newest Addition to The Scholly Platform: Scholly Editor

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Scholly Editor is the latest product offering from the Scholly portfolio, making writing and editing your work easier than ever. Through AI technology, Scholly Editor allows users to have their writing checked for grammar, spelling, and style.

Scholly, an app created to connect and match students to thousands of scholarships and streamline their journey to pay for college was founded in 2013 and has now grown to be one of the hottest educational apps on the market. While the app and its scholarship service has garnered attention on a global level, we knew we wanted to take our service even further beyond scholarships. Founder Christopher Gray always intended for this app to be a comprehensive platform for students and individuals alike to access educational resources affordably, and thus Scholly Editor was developed. 

By logging onto their Scholly account via desktop, students in any grade level can use this software to have their written work reviewed, from college papers and class assignments to personal creative writing. While Scholly isn’t the first to do this, we’re doing it differently and better than the rest. Our platform is clean, easy to use and accurate, using technology designed to provide accuracy and precision. Best of all, it's affordable. We understand that many students cannot afford tutoring in writing or simply do not have access. Scholly Editor helps more students get writing assistance without a financial burden.

But it doesn't end at ease of use, we made sure the software looks great too. Through streamlined technology and a reliable step-by-step interface, Scholly Editor looks sleek and sophisticated, eliminating any confusion or clutter. We are committed to helping more students reach and maximize their potential. Scholly Editor, at its core, is a product for everyone, allowing us to live up to our mission: OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL.

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Scholly Editor identifies misspellings and grammatical errors in seconds. Master essential writing elements, word usage, and structure.

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