How to Score a College Scholarship for Less than $3
Anyone who’s ever dealt with the stress of student debt knows how helpful a scholarship can be. But while applying to college is intimidating enough, need-based grants may only go so far, and knowing how to score a scholarship can feel next to impossible. That’s why the developers behind an app called Scholly decided to pull together a wealth of information and instructions in one simple user interface, putting current and prospective college students in a position where knowledge isn’t just power — it’s also cold, hard cash.
By showing users a vast array of available scholarships and helping them narrow everything down to determine which ones they could qualify for, the app is catching on with quite a few academic enthusiasts, including two Shark Tank investors, Lori Greiner and Daymond John. They invested $40,000 in the app earlier this year. It’s an especially useful tool for people looking to connect with tuition funds and solutions for other college costs, considering the fact that more than $100 million scholarship dollars go unclaimed each year.
From the looks of this app, we’re guessing that number’s about to decline pretty sharply. That’s a very good thing if it means more students can get the education they desire (and deserve!), especially if it keeps them out of debt in the process. And since the app’s founder, Christopher Gray, put himself through college by winning 35 (yes, 35) private scholarships and had enough left over to pay for grad school too, we’re thinking the dude knows what he’s talking about.
What do you think of this app? Spill in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!