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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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And the 2016 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Youth Achievement goes to ...

And the 2016 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Youth Achievement goes to ...

It is with great pride that we're finally able to announce that our Founder and CEO, Christopher Gray, is to be honored as a winner of the 2016 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards for creating Scholly.

From their site: First introduced in 2012, the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards was created to recognize the previous year's shining achievements, of individuals in nine categories, who have had a revolutionary effect on how we perceive the world and how we live in it. Groundbreaking innovators are across categories including technology, performing and visual arts, natural and physical sciences, education, historical scholarship, social progress and youth achievement. The honorees embody the Smithsonian Institution's mission of increasing and diffusing knowledge.

As the winner of their Youth Achievement category they further explain that, "Christopher Gray is the founder and CEO of Scholly, the groundbreaking web and mobile app that matches current or future college students who need financial support with scholarships that can help them. Scholly has been downloaded 850,000 times and has connected college students with some $50 million in scholarships. Philadelphia-based Gray, an ABC “Shark Tank” winner and recipient of a $100,000 grant from philanthropist Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest competition, sees his digital platform as a 21st-century tool for helping countless young Americans achieve their college dreams without piling on crushing debt."

We are truly humbled by this great honor and to be in the company of Jeff Bezos, Aziz Ansari, OK GO, David Lynch, and other incredible people this year. We don't do what we do for the recognition, but we'll be honest with you, when we get it from an organization like The Smithsonian well... it sure  does feel good. 

See the other winners here.

 

Blast from the past: A compliment, from Mr. Wonderful?!

Blast from the past: A compliment, from Mr. Wonderful?!

Remember the big fight we started on Shark Tank that caused Mark, Robert, and Kevin to walk out?  Chris appeared on CNBC last year and had Kevin O'Leary compliment his pitch, calling it Masterful... watch it below. While we're super-proud to receive a compliment from Mr. Wonderful himself, what we're really proud of is the fact that since then, we've helped students raise over $35 Million in scholarship awards. If you haven't checked out Scholly, you can create an account right here!