Jesse Williams Joins Forces With Scholly, a College Scholarship App
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Jesse Williams Joins Forces With Scholly, a College Scholarship App

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Pope Francis just canonized Mother Teresa, but we think Jesse Williams is a contender for sainthood.

After years of tweeting about police brutality, helping out in Ferguson, standing up for Flint, and supporting Black Lives Matter, the Grey's Anatomy actor is now helping students get into college.

You see, Jesse just became the chief brand ambassador and an advisory board member of Scholly, a mobile app that streamlines students’ search for college scholarships. (You may remember the idea from Season 6 of Shark Tank.)

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And did we mention this is a guy who spent his pre-Hollywood years teaching in a Philadelphia public high school?

“Jesse was a former educator here in Philly, and that resonated with our mission, as he understands firsthand the problem we are trying to help solve,” Scholly creator Christopher Gray tells The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“He is a voice for social change and has a platform to create visibility around issues, including educational access, which we are both passionate about.”

The 35-year-old announced his involvement in a Facebook video he posted yesterday, September 7.

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“Like so many teachers across this country, I had to watch countless bright, talented, ambitious, smart students unable to even sniff their full potential because they weren’t born into this web of resources that were necessary to really thrive in this rigged system,” he says in the video.

“The constantly increasing cost of college doesn’t help, kicking the American Dream further and further out of reach.”

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Jesse also shows how user-friendly Scholly is, even finding a Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship. “We will take it where we can get it,” he quips.

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“What we know is there is no substitute for equal access, and there is certainly no substitute for a quality education. Scholly helps us get there — together,” he concludes — before proposing an even more succinct slogan in one of the video’s outtakes: “Scholly: It’s Dope.”