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Cause Magazine How do you avoid the staggering student loan debt that follows graduates well into their careers? Free money would help. The good news is, there are millions of dollars in scholarships (both need and merit-based) to be had and many of them can all be found easily in one place. It’s called Scholly and you can find it at www.myscholly.comor in the App store. Scholly’s web and app platform quickly matches students to the scholarships they personally qualify for. Its patented matching engine uses several parameters (such as gender, state, GPA, race, etc.) to quickly filter and deliver a targeted list of appropriate scholarships along with links and deadlines. The 99 cent app has more than half a million downloads in the App Store and on Google Play and it has helped students raise at least $9 million already. The app's database is updated monthly to add scholarships, refresh deadlines and remove scholarships that are no longer available. It also has scholarships for both high school students and current college students. Scholly's adaptive matching engine will find the scholarships you qualify for in seconds, without signups or long forms that ask for your personal information. "The cost of the app is so low because we wanted to be able to serve everyone," says Founder and CEO Christopher Gray. "I wanted to make it affordable for the people that need it." Gray, 21, is a recent Drexel University graduate. He actually financed his own education by winning over 1.3 million dollars in scholarships. That’s how he got the idea for Scholly. He knew from experience that manually searching through untailored database results for each student was tedious and inefficient. "It was kind of natural to say, 'Hey, I need something that can help,' " he says. "There has to be a faster way." The budding entrepreneur and two partners got the ball rolling, figured out the technology and the interface and then took it to the ABC show “Shark Tank” and won funding for the well-designed app. Gray’s passion and ingenuity enabled him to pitch it successfully within minutes. FUBU creator Daymond John and fellow panelist, Laurie Grenier quickly Young Entrepreneur Christopher Gray Develops Scholly, a New Scholarship Matching App