Grey’s Anatomy star and Temple University alum Jesse Williams has joined the advisory board of Scholly, a mobile app created by Drexel grad Christopher Gray that simplifies the process of finding college scholarships. Williams will act as the chief brand ambassador, as well as serve on the board of the app. 

In 2014, Gray won a $40,000 investment on ABC’s Shark Tank. Now, the Philadelphia-based company has matched students with more than $50 million in school aid. Gray himself won $1.3 million in scholarships to attend Drexel University.

"We've all been told that education is the key to success, which is great as long as you have access to it," Williams said in a video released today, "but the reality is millions of us don't."

Jesse Joins Scholly

After college, I was a teacher and like many hard working teachers across this nation, I had countless students forced watch their own potential fade into memory simply because they weren't born into the resources necessary to absorb a higher education. Good students unable to continue their education simply because of money is a tragic reality that impacts us all. This is one of many reasons that I was compelled to partner with Scholly, and as long as this problem exists, we will continue to find creative solutions. Our students deserve access to college and to the bright future that awaits them. Please watch. Please share. Learn More: #GetScholly

Posted by Jesse Williams on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

"Jesse was a former educator here in Philly and that resonated with our mission as he understands first-hand the problem we are trying to help solve," Gray said. "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."

Williams, who taught high school history in Philadelphia’s public schools before starting his professional acting career, said he shares Gray’s “pursuit of making sure as many people as possible can pay for college.”

“Jesse Williams and I are like-minded and share the same views about how to address educational access and paying for college and the sort of tools -- like Scholly -- that can make that happen,” Gray said.