Christopher Gray


Pyramid Club, Philadelphia

Member since: 2012

Who he is: The 24-year-old co-founder and CEO of Scholly, a smartphone application that helps match students with viable scholarships. The app has been downloaded more than 600,000 times since its creation in 2013 and has helped students secure more than $30 million in aid.

Humble beginnings: Gray's single mother lost her job during the 2008 recession, when he was a high school junior. He knew scholarships were the only way he could avoid racking up a mountain of student-loan debt for his higher education.

Personal experience: His own search for financial aid inspired the idea for Scholly. He found the process unnecessarily tedious as he waded through a multitude of scholarships, many of which were expired, only for certain students, or scams.

Young CEO: Earlier this year, Gray's accomplishments earned him a spot on Forbes' "30 Under 30" list.

Next phase: Scholly just launched a loan-refinancing program to help graduates reduce the interest rates on their student loans, which will save them thousands of dollars over time.

"Our goal is to help students get free money and help reduce student debt."

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