Meet the Merry Makers

Different backgrounds, same mission: to give every student equal access to life-changing education

We're changing the game for students and providers

We are a company founded by Carnegie Mellon and Stanford graduates, who all relied on scholarships and other financial aid to pay for college. We make it easier for students to find and apply for scholarships and simpler for scholarship providers to create and manage them. We come together from different backgrounds and skill sets but share the same mission: to give every student truly equal access to life-changing education.

Meet our team

Adrian Kurniawan
Adrian wanted to make the most of college and pursue a subject that allowed him to help others. Studying computer science pushed him to learn new things and challenge himself. Using these skills, he wants to help others get an equal chance at receiving a quality education.
Ary Vaidya
After being educated in the UK, Ary applied to college in the US in 2017 and quickly saw how important scholarships were in helping manage the cost of education. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University and hoping to make his valuable college experience accessible to all.
Charlie Maynard
Despite receiving a scholarship, Charlie took out the maximum student debt during his undergrad. He wants to help others avoid having to do the same. Charlie has a bachelor's degree from Oxford University and an MBA from Stanford University.
Charlie once spent a weekend doing Navy Seal training in Northern California.
Charlotte Lau
Char remembers the anxiety of college application time, trying to get into a good university and then find enough funding to pay for it. With Going Merry, she hopes to make that process at least a little less stressful. Char holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and a Masters from Oxford—degrees both funded by scholarships.
Dylan Ly
Dylan remembers both how excited and anxious the idea of college made him. It was a great experience so many talked about but it came at a high cost - literally. Scholarships were able to get rid of his anxiety about paying for college and he hopes to be part of a team that can help do this for other fellow students. Dylan is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Product Design from Stanford University.
Jacob Choi
Jacob is the youngest of three siblings so there was no money left for him when it was time to attend college. He wants to level the playing field for youngest siblings. Jacob has a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree from Stanford University.
Jacob spent a year volunteering in Asia with WorldTeach, a non-profit organization with the vision of providing quality education around the entire globe.
Kelly Lamano
Kelly quickly learned the financial value - and cost - of honing her craft in college, seeking scholarships to fund and fuel her education. She wants to help new students thrive with Going Merry's easy scholarship finder. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in Broadcast, Print and Online Media with a minor in Spanish from Florida Southern College.
Nate Kanefield
After going through the experience of taking on student loans to help pay for college, Nate cares deeply about making education as affordable as possible for the next generation. Nate has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College where he graduated with dual degrees in History and Economics and is currently pursuing his MBA from Stanford University.
Randy Ma
Randy grew up in Hong Kong and attended college in the US. He wants to fix the scholarship application process and help others be able to realize their educational dreams. Randy holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Randy once thought it would be cool to memorize the digits of pi and can still recite pi up to 27 decimal places.
Raymond Murthi
Raymond was trying to help his then-girlfriend (now wife) apply for scholarships when he saw how bad the application process was. He then decided to invest an unhealthy amount of time into fixing it. Raymond has a double master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh.
Raymond doesn't usually refer to himself in the third person and can bore you to death speaking about soccer... seriously, don't ask him.
Sonny Prakoso
Sonny was a scholarship hunter who found it difficult to get matched to scholarships and then complete an arduous application process resulting in missed opportunities. He believes this process should be simplified and wants to help students pay for their education.
Despite his geeky look (and personality), he loves EDM music
William Putra
Coming to the US for the first time to attend college, William felt the painful process of finding scholarships and financial aid. Despite receiving some support to cover his tuition, he wished something like Going Merry had existed at the time. William got his master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Shumai is William's favorite dim sum snack. His current record is 20 in one go.

Meet our Student User Experience Champions

Chidera Ikeakor
Chidera loves photography (check out his work at @chideraikeakor on Instagram or Twitter), and he plans to major in a field related to that. He's excited to help Going Merry improve their products' look & feel to appeal to students like him.
Kathryn Howard
Kathryn is working on two degrees at once: She's a rising senior in high school, and is also almost done with her Associates degree. She plans to study law and loves anything True Crime.
Khushi Patel
Khushi plans to pursue a career in engineering and help make technology a more accessible resource to all those who need it. She's excited to work with Going Merry to make the transition to college easier for students like her.
Mehakpreet Gill
Mehakpreet's aims to study neuroscience in college and to conduct research into advancing treatment plans for neurological diseases. She's proud to work with Going Merry to support other students like her, to invest in their futures and dream big!

Interested in changing the landscape of scholarships, financial aids, and awards? We should talk!

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