Lil Nas X Teams Up With Scholarship App Scholly To Give Away $30,000 To High School And College Students
Lil Nas X is working with Scholly to offer three $10,000 scholarships for current and future college students.
December 17, 2019 at 5:07 pm
Graduates are struggling with the weight of massive student loan debt and could use a little help. So, Lil Nas X has decided to step up. The artist is using his newfound superstardom for good, offering three $10,000 scholarships to high school and college students, according to Scholly.
The hit writer of "Old Town Road" is partnering with student success company Scholly on the project. Scholly is an innovative site that is "connecting students to millions of unclaimed scholarships," according to CEO Christopher Gray.
“Before his music career took off, Lil Nas X was like many high school students scrambling to find ways to pay for college. Because he knows how hard it can be to find money to pay for college, he was eager to help students reduce student loans and get the word out about all the ways to help students succeed,” Gray said in a statement.
The rapper, who briefly attended the University of West Georgia, says he's passionate about helping out others in similar situations. A few days before his fall semester, he told his family he was taking a break from school, despite him having already dropped out.
"Not too long ago, I was in college racking up student loans," Lil Nas X says in the video announcing the partnership. "I still understand the challenges my fans have when it comes to paying for school."
Gray started the platform as a way to help the worsening student debt crisis in America. He says he was able to make his way through college by securing more than $1.3 million in scholarships and decided to spread the word about how he did it.
According to the website, Scholly also helps students thrive within their academics, focusing on math and writing skills. Since the platform was started in 2015, it has helped students secure more than $100 million in scholarships. Earlier this year, they partnered with Grown-ish to pay off $125,000 in student debt as Blavity previously reported.
To qualify for one of the $10,000 scholarships, students have to go through a two-step process that involves writing an essay. The scholarships can be used for enrollment at any college or university.
According to Time, more than 44 million Americans have over $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. As more than half of all jobs require at least a bachelor's degree, the amount of student loan debt will increase.
While the current number of Americans with student loan debt sits at 44 million, those borrowers often struggle to manage daily necessities and bills. Despite the federal government offering assistance through various programs, they are often restricted to a few careers. Still, much more can be done to help Americans pay off their student loans while managing a comfortable lifestyle.
The contest starts on December 17 and will wrap up on May 15, 2020. Participants can head to Scholly's website to sign up or use their app.