Student success starts with affording college. Scholly has partnered with Forbes to provide free access to our platform for Harlem public and charter high school juniors and seniors! We are providing 2,500 lifetime access registrations for students to find free money to attend college.

Scholly for Harlem, held earlier this week, brought together community leaders, policymakers, educators, and change agents from around the city of New York. This marked the start of Scholly’s intentional efforts to strengthen the pipeline to and through college for students in Harlem.

Scholly’s core value is to make quality higher education affordable and accessible to everyone,” said Christopher Gray, Founder and CEO of Scholly. “We are delighted to collaborate with Forbes to create opportunities for young people in Harlem and give them the resources needed to achieve their educational goals.”

The event included a Q&A with Civil Rights activist DeRay McKesson and our very own brand ambassador, actor, and Civil Rights proponent Jesse Williams. Their conversation centered around equity and access, and how investments like Scholly can help students reimagine the possibilities for their future.  We also hosted a fireside chat with Elizabeth Strozier, the Executive Director of Programming for Forbes Live, and Gary Johnson, the Director of Strategy & Operations at the NYC Mayor’s Technology Office. Johnson, a Harlem native spoke to his commitment to equip students with educational tools that will change the trajectory of their lives. His excitement to team up with Scholly was evident. Scholly for Harlem highlighted the importance of democratizing access to education and the role technology can play in facilitating that access.

Why are we helping Harlem students?

Helping students continue their education and reach their fullest potential is exactly what Scholly is about. Home of the Harlem Renaissance, Harlem has been a major hub for African-American culture, business, and social change for the past century. As a business committed to diversity and inclusion, providing access to our platform that includes the scholarship search and Scholly Editor to Harlem students furthers our mission of providing opportunity for all.

Want to get involved?

Are you a Harlem student, teacher, or school administrator eager to get started and learn more about Scholly for Harlem? Or are you an organization or individual wanting to replicate the Scholly for Harlem model in another city? Contact Azani Pinkney at azani@ for more information. Harlem students, happy scholarship searching and welcome to the Scholly family!