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By Mashaun D. Simon
Actor Jesse Williams attends the opening night of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" at Mark Taper Forum on September 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.Tasia Wells / FilmMagic

Jesse Williams is lending his likeness to an effort designed to help degree seekers obtain the financial resources needed.

The "Grey’s Anatomy" star and social justice activist has signed on to be the brand ambassador for Scholly, an app created to help students find funding for school. Williams will also served on the advisory board for the company.

“We’ve all been told that education is the key to success, which is great as long as you have access to it,” Williams says in a video announcement about his support. “But the reality is most of us don’t.”

In the video, Williams goes on to talk about how he spent time after college working as a teacher, watching students struggle to reach their potential because of what he calls “a rigged system that kicks access further and further out of the reach of some.”

“And so, I am really proud to be to be able to announce that I am officially joining the Scholly team and our shared pursuit of making sure that as many people as possible can pay for college.”

To date, the company reports that they have been able to match students seeking financial support for their education with $50 million dollars in untapped scholarship dollars.

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“There is no substitute for equal access and there is certainly no substitute for a quality education,” Williams states in the video. “Scholly helps us get there – together.”

Scholly, which gained notoriety after its founder, Christopher Gray, appeared on Shark Tank, was founded in 2014 in Philadelphia. High school students, current college students and even graduate students can benefit from the app.

The app is available on iPhone and Androids phones and costs $2.99. For more information visit www.myScholly.com.

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