By Shayla Scallorn
Social Media Editor
Debt during and after college is a hard reality crushing millions of students a year. Very few people can pay for school without some form of aid especially since financial aid does not usually cover all costs associated with college. Money from scholarships helps to fill that gap.
Searching for and applying to scholarships is a tedious and time-consuming process. However, more and more scholarship search engines come out every year, such as Scholly and Raise Me. Both tools simplify and streamline the effort.
Scholly is an app created by Christopher Grey who was a contestant on the TV show Shark Tank in February of 2015. Scholly gives students to ability to put in specific information about themselves including ethnicity, school GPA, volunteer involvement, career goals, and activities in and out of school.
Scholly analyzes the data and provides the student with a custom list of hundreds of scholarships they are eligible for from around the country. Many of the scholarships Scholly finds are obscure and not often taken advantage of. People should generally be weary of any scholarship finder that charges a fee, however Scholly charges $2.99 for membership and is nationally approved.
Another up and coming scholarship finder available to students is www.raise.me. Raise Me rewards students for everyday things and achievements in school. These micro-scholarships can add up to a significant portion of college expenses. For example, an applicant can earn between $10 and $1,500 for getting an "A" in a course and $10- $4,000 just for simply visiting a college.
Scholarships search tools such as these open up many opportunities to students in need of financial assistance. Scholly and Raise Me are only two options, there are many others out there. When it comes to scholarships even the smallest award can make a huge difference.
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