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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.

Scholarships in Celebration of PRIDE

Scholarships in Celebration of PRIDE

Happy Pride from the Scholly team!

We extend our support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community in celebration of Pride this month. At Scholly we are all about #OpportunityforAll, and we want to shed light on current LGBTQ scholarship opportunities. Here are our top picks:

Visto Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Due Date: June 29th 2018

Formerly known as The Collective, Visto is a digital marketing company that started the Bill Caspare Memorial Fund. The fund provides scholarships for diverse students - including LGBTQ - interested in advertising and media. Applicants must be undergraduate upperclassman or graduate students.

GAPA Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Due Date: June 30th 2018

The GAPA Foundation celebrates and awards scholarships to LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander (API) student activists. Highs school seniors, trade/vocational school students, undergraduates, and graduate students are all encouraged to apply.

 PRAXAIR Industrial Refrigeration Diversity Scholarships

Amount: $1,750

Due Date: December 31st 2018

This scholarship is administered by the Ammonia Refrigeration Foundation and is for diverse students interested in the refrigerator industry. Applicants must be engineering students within one or two years of graduating. The scholarship acts as a grant to attend the Annual International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) Industrial Refrigeration Conference.

Diversity in STEAM Magazine Scholarship

Amount: $500

Due Date: August 15th 2018

Diversity in STEAM Magazine promotes employment and educational opportunities to people of diverse backgrounds. Applicants must have an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Both current and prospective university students are welcome to apply.

We constantly update and add to our database so be sure to login into Scholly regularly for new scholarship opportunities. Happy Pride and good luck on those applications!

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!  :)

 

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.

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!

The Top 5 Myths About Scholarships

The Top 5 Myths About Scholarships

Many people believe that they can’t or won’t win scholarships for certain reasons that really aren’t true. We want you to win as much money as possible for college so here’s our list of the top 5 myths about scholarships to keep you encouraged throughout the process:

1) “I don’t have enough time to search for and apply to scholarships.”

Not to toot our own horn but that’s why we’re here! Scholly was made for you so you don’t have to spend all of that time searching for scholarships. Make sure you keep a list of your activities and update them in the Miscellaneous category on your profile to get matched with more targeted scholarships that are suited for you.

2) “There are too many people I’m competing against to win this scholarship.”

There are so many scholarships out there. And by so many, we mean SO many. Over $100 million in scholarship awards go unclaimed each year. These range from essays that ask you to write your favorite thing about milk to telling about a time where you overcame a struggle. The chances are that there are scholarships out there that you will win but you just need to apply!

3) “I can’t get scholarships with my GPA”

Yes you can. Plain and simple - there are scholarships out there that don’t have any GPA requirements. While you should work to improve your GPA, it does not define your scholarship opportunities so apply and apply often.

4) “My race or family’s income is going to prevent me from getting scholarships.”

It’s true that many scholarships are suited for specific income levels or racial backgrounds. However, those are not the only opportunities that exist. Scholarships cater to people based on a variety of criteria where race and income don’t matter. These merit based scholarships offer great ways to help afford your education.

5) “I’m too [insert reason here] for scholarships.”

I’m too old, young, boring.... Don’t let your thoughts discourage you from applying to scholarships because the truth is that scholarships abound in a variety of categories. You should have to be intentional about finding what opportunities match you the best. And we’re here to help you do exactly that.

 

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