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decided to invest in Gray’s vision, offering $40,000 for a 15% stake in the business, sparking an on air fight between the other “sharks” who stormed off the set because they felt that they didn’t have a chance to have their questions answered. Scholly shot up to No. 1 in the iTunes app store following the premiere of the episode. Things have been going great ever since. Deals have been brokered with both the city of Memphis and the state of Montana, both of which are purchasing the app for every highschool senior in their respective region. My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative started by President Obama to address opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, announced that it would purchase 275,000 downloads of Scholly to distribute to participants. Gray told the Philadelphia Business Journal that its partnership with My Brother’s Keeper has had the most impact on Scholly’s growth. “That was just massive,” Gray said. “Essentially having the president endorse our product was amazing. We have a reoccurring [deal] with a national organization that will provide Scholly for students across the nation every year. That’s really been the most powerful thing.” Scholly also recently landed a $100,000 investment from the Philadelphia-backed StartUp PHL angel fund, in part because Gray committed to keeping the business in the city. Gray's original goal for Scholly was just to be a sustainable business that produced affordable and helpful content. He is thrilled with the results so far. "Just imagine you create something, and some student … is being helped by it," he says. "It's been a great experience. And it's been very impactful to me." Helping others to succeed has enabled Christopher Gray to have his own very bright future. The Drexel graduate was recently named Ernst & Young’s Philly-area “Entrepreneur of the Year.” The app can really pay off for its users as well. Just pay 99 cents and who knows, you may get thousands of dollars in free scholarships! For more information go to Cause Magazine In addition to buying Scholly on an individual basis, the Buy 2 Give program allows companies, government agencies, schools and other entities to buy the app in bulk to provide to their constituents. Many cities and companies have been giving back to their community by offering Scholly to local high school and college students.) If you or your organization is interested in purchasing Scholly for students, please visit the website. Join In Helping Students Pay For Their Education!