Scholly streamlines the convoluted process of applying for scholarships, grants, and financial aid. The app helps you discover opportunities you qualify for, tracks your application deadlines, and offers tips to get you through mountains of essays.
Scholly founder Christopher Gray was once a frustrated student himself, daunted by the prospect of paying for college. After months of toil applying for everything he could, he netted an impressive $1.3 million in scholarships and became the first in his family to attend college.
While still in school, Gray started the company, brought on two cofounders, and landed a spot on Shark Tank. Now more than five years in, Scholly has helped students receive more than $100 million in aid, according to the company.
To make the most of Scholly’s database of scholarships, create an account and answer few basic questions (your GPA, gender, race, etc.). This allows the app to zero in on the prizes you qualify for.
It helps to cast a wide net. In the section asking about your intended field of study, you’re able to make multiple selections. The same goes for the Miscellaneous section, where you can identify all the nuances in your life that make you you. Are you vegetarian? Play an instrument? Passionate about environmental issues? All of these might qualify you for additional assistance. (Getting matched with relevant scholarships requires a monthly Scholly subscription.)
When your profile has been saved, explore the Resources section for free advice and samples of scholarship-winning essays to get your creative juices flowing.
“For young adults feeling defenseless against student debt, I would say that there are many options out there for you,” says Gray. “There is a ton of money available for students.”