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How to Get More Scholarship Matches on Scholly

How to Get More Scholarship Matches on Scholly

Student life moves fast. You're getting that degree, exploring your interests, joining new organizations, working part-time, volunteering, and crossing things off of your bucket list. But while you're maintaining your busy schedule, you may be leaving money on the table - literally.

If you don't take a moment to update your Scholly profile, there will be scholarship matches out there that won't find you. For example, tutoring kids at a community center isn't just a great way to make a difference, but can also get you more scholarship matches from programs looking to sponsor students involved in their communities. Just think: what has changed in my life recently? Maybe your GPA has improved, or you joined a new club, or even changed your major!

At Scholly we are constantly adding scholarships to our database to bring our users the best opportunities out there. We've added 160 scholarships in September and the month isn't even over! Try to make monthly updates to your profile, especially if your activities are shifting. Keep adding your latest accolades, skills, and interests. No matter what happens in your life, personal or school related, programs want to know.

We've just hit fall and scholarship programs are hunting for their next generation of awardees. Do yourself a favor and go back and tick all the boxes that tell your fullest story. The result could be thousands of dollars saved on your education.

Meet the New Scholly Editor

Meet the New Scholly Editor

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Your New Favorite Back to School Tool

You’re not the only one with a fresh look this back-to-school season. If you haven’t peeped Scholly Editor lately you’ll definitely want to. We’ve redesigned our online proofreader to make editing your writing style and grammar even easier. Whether you’re working on a scholarship essay, polishing a homework assignment, or double-checking an important email, Editor is for you.

 
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How To Use Editor:

Step One: Upload Your Written Work  

If you write anything, you should run it through Scholly Editor for the final touches. You can either type directly in Editor or upload/copy and paste your writing to get started.

 

 

 

 

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Step Two: Get to Editing

After your document is in Editor, you’ll see suggestions on how to improve your writing in the left-hand corner. They will be organized into two categories: grammar and style. Grammar suggestions will be in yellow and highlight errors like spelling and punctuation mistakes. Style edits will be in purple focus on sentence construction and flow.

Work through these corrections as you see fit. The goal is to take your writing to the next level without losing your authenticity.

 

 

Step Three: Ace it

Sweet success! Your work is polished. Download your revised document and continue on your path to success. Sound like something you could use? Of course, it is – Scholly Editor is for everyone. Get started on your first assignment and ease your way to an A with Editor.

Meet the Student Who Won $142,000 in Scholarships

Meet the Student Who Won $142,000 in Scholarships

 
I’ll never forget that feeling of being on the stage and realizing I could go to my dream school.
— Chika
 

Meet Chika Adiele, a determined college-bound Scholly user from Vegas, NV who won $142,000 in scholarships. Scholly was founded on the ideal of providing an opportunity for all. We stay motivated because of success stories like Chika's. This is how she got that bread: 

Since I was little, I was always told to never worry about paying for college. Then one day during the summer before my senior year, my mom told me that I would have to pay tuition by myself because our financial situation. My dad, the financial breadwinner, had lost everything, and my single mom needed money for other expenses. I was shocked and devastated, but I'm not one to give up easily so I started exploring some options. That’s when I found my solution: scholarships.

In the beginning, the scholarship process was incredibly intimidating and overwhelming. Many websites were terribly organized and barely had any scholarships for me. Then I came across Scholly.

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The website was super user-friendly, matched me with amazing scholarships, and even told me which scholarships best suited me with the Scholly score. I treated applying to scholarships like a part-time job. It was not easy. I went to a dual credit high school which practically made me a full-time college student. On top of my classes, I was the student council president, conducting undergraduate research, doing theater, and volunteering among other things. I’d apply during any spare time I had on the app: rehearsal, between classes, while I was eating, or even during my workouts. The Scholly deadline tracker to kept me on track with applications amidst my crazy schedule.

Over time, applying became easier. I started reusing the same essays and the Scholly blog tips had great advice. What used to take me 2 hours started taking 30-45 minutes. It actually started becoming fun and was a major confidence booster. With the help of Scholly, I applied to over 100 scholarships during my senior year. To top it off, I even got accepted into my dream school: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I still remember the very first major scholarship I won. It was the end of April, and it was from the Rogers Foundation. At this point, the college decision day was a little over a week away. I still didn’t have the funds to go to UNC-Chapel Hill, but I kept a positive attitude. Next thing I knew, I won the grand scholarship of $100,000. I’ll never forget that feeling of being on the stage and realizing I could go to my dream school. My mom was screaming and I teared I was so happy. It got even better. During the next ten days, I won over $40,000 more in outside scholarships. Not only was I able to afford college but could now go practically for free.

I plan on majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish so that I can go to medical school and become a doctor. With the help of scholarships and Scholly, I’m one step closer to my dream.

Congratulations, Chika! The Scholly team is proud of you. 

Have your own Scholly Story to share? Let us know! Still need to make your dreams come true? Join Scholly today! 

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!

End of Semester Tips

End of Semester Tips

Thanksgiving is over and the end of the semester is near. That means final papers, final exams, and scholarship deadlines. Some of you may still be enjoying your leftovers - lucky you. But while you’re indulging in the taste of home, you want to make sure you’re prepared for a strong finish to the semester. Here are our tips to help you get the results you want.

Make a study timetable.

It seems redundant, but you’ll thank yourself later. Especially if you’re a procrastinator, work schedules are a way of ensuring you get all your work done with the least amount of stress possible. Set realistic goals when allotting time slots for your work. To get the best out of your timetable, try to strike a balance between making your schedule flexible enough that you can make needed changes down the line, but rigid enough that you will adhere to it. 

Set up a reward system.

Getting to the end of an assignment, exam, or project is always more fun when you have something to look forward to. Whether it be dinner with friends, a mini Netflix binge, or a visit to your favorite art gallery, make sure your reward is something that will motivate you.

Break a sweat.

Exercise is an excellent stress reliever so what better time to relieve stress than during finals? These workouts do not have to be long. A twenty minute run, ab circuit, or jump-roping every morning can make a huge difference to how you feel both mentally and physically. Exercise also boosts your immune system. 

Take those vitamins.

As it gets colder and stress levels increase, you’ll be more susceptible to catching a cold. Any student will tell you no one has time to be sick. So whether you like vitamin C chewables, multivitamins, or even healthy amounts of fruit and vegetables, make sure your immune system is getting the support it needs. 

Sleep.

It’s important for both your productivity levels and your immune system. You’ll have more energy, be able to recall information faster, and manage your stress levels better. 

Apply for scholarships.

A number of fall scholarships close at the end of the year. Be sure to check Scholly regularly and make time for scholarship applications in your study timetable. You wouldn’t want to miss out on free money simply because you didn’t make time to apply for it. We know paying for school is a mission and a half; we’re here to help.

Good luck with the rest of the semester and those scholarship applications. Happy Holidays!

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!