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How Small Scholarships Can Help You Avoid Student Debt

How Small Scholarships Can Help You Avoid Student Debt

Every spring there are floods of media reports about students winning millions of dollars in scholarships for college. Scholly founder and CEO, Chris Gray, was one of those stories. Chris won over one million dollars to go to college, some of it from big name scholarship programs like the Gate's Foundation and Coca Cola Scholars Foundation. While these large scholarships helped propel Chris to success, it was the smaller scholarship awards that made more of a difference than he expected.

Two hundred and fifty dollars, five hundred dollars, a thousand dollars... every scholarship adds up, and is money you don't have yet. You know what else adds up? 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 and more will be part of your financial considerations. Financial aid does not cover these expenses. You must pay for them on top of normal tuition, fees, and housings costs that rise each year. Smaller scholarship awards help you pay for the extra expenses.

When you log into Scholly to see new matches, take the time to look into the smaller scholarships. Use the Scholly Score to prioritize your applications. If you're well-matched to a smaller scholarship, go for it! Extra free money hurt no student - trust us. Edit your application essay with Scholly Editor, then apply! You might end up a few hundred dollars richer.

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

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.


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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!

Christopher Gray on why summer is one of the best times to apply for scholarships.

Christopher Gray on why summer is one of the best times to apply for scholarships.

It’s almost summertime, and students have just gotten their college acceptance letters to the colleges of their dreams (hopefully!) This exciting time for some only lasts for a moment, since it's often followed by the realization that they have to figure out how they're going to pay for it. I know first hand that it's a stressful task, as you prepare to enjoy your last summer before college, or another summer while you are in college. And while some think summer is only here for beaches, sun, and fun, at Scholly we also see it as a prime time to apply for scholarships. So, why is summertime one of the best times to apply for scholarships?

  1. Lots of scholarships are open in the summer to help students pay for that tuition bill they are going to get in the mail. There are scholarships ranging from $1000 all the way to full rides!
     
  2. Since some students have already figured out how they're going to pay for college, scholarships open in the summer are often less competitive. That’s more money for you, and better odds of getting those awards.
     
  3. Since you likely know what school you're going to and how much financial aid you're going to receive, it makes it a lot easier to be strategic about what scholarships you want to apply for. You'll know the amount you need and can avoid having to spend your time applying for every award imaginable.

Of course, to find all of these scholarships, we urge you to check out Scholly, the easiest place to find scholarships for college. Happy hunting!

4 Reasons to Apply for Scholarships During the Spring

4 Reasons to Apply for Scholarships During the Spring

Spring is here and while you are enjoying Spring Break, or preparing for Spring semester, it’s important to start looking into all the scholarships that are opening up to either help you pay for the rest of school year, your summer term, or next year. Here are a few reasons why you should be applying for scholarships during the Spring.

  1. New Scholarship Season: When March hits, a new wave of scholarships open up for students to apply for. Since students are only a few months away from having to make their college decision, it’s important to apply for as many of these awards as possible in order to be able pay the tuition bill when it comes.
     
  2. FASFA: By March, you should have submitted your FASFA (if you need to) in order to see what financial aid and grants you are eligible for. This only helps add to the funds you need and even if you don’t think you qualify, it’s super easy to apply and you never know what you could get.
     
  3. Recycle Essays: At this point, you have likely applied for a good number of scholarships so far. So a good tip would be to start seeing if any of the Spring scholarships you qualify for have similar essay prompts as scholarships you have applied for in the past. This allows you to reuse your essays and apply for several scholarships at once, saving you a ton of time during the process.
     
  4. Timing: A lot of scholarships that open in the Spring are awarded during the summer so while you are waiting to pick what school you are going to attend, it’s best to line up and time when things will be awarded so you can hedge your bets.

Spring is a time of great weather and lots of fun, but also full of scholarship opportunities waiting to be applied for. Go get ‘em!

Announcing our $10,000 scholarship!

Announcing our $10,000 scholarship!

Announcing our $10,000 scholarship!

We're excited to announce that for the first time, Scholly is offering our own scholarship! We call it the JUMPSTART scholarship because, sometimes, all great minds need is a bit of a spark to accomplish great things. Scholly's vision is to help all students reach their potential, and partnering with CommonBond allows us to put our money here our mouth is. This $10,000 scholarship is for students throughout the United States and only takes like a minute to apply.  

Good luck! And we'll announce the winner on April 25th.

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