It is in students' best interest to apply for scholarships themselves. Not only does it give them a better understanding of the financial investment they're making for their future, but scholarship providers may eliminate a student's
application if they believe the application, essay, or personal statement has
been completed by someone other than the student.
When using a scholarship search engine, narrow it down by searching for your major, hobbies,
interests, location, heritage, enrollment level (i.e. freshman, junior), etc.
Whatever you can think of, there is probably a scholarship out there for it!
Beware of scholarship scams such as those requesting social security numbers, those
charging fees for their services, and "guarantees" to win a scholarship drawing.
Don't skip applying for smaller scholarships. Typically there are less applicants
- and therefore less competition - for them.
Be aware of scholarship deadlines.
Don't stop applying for scholarships - even if you're in your junior year of college. Some students think of it like a job and set aside an hour a night or a few
hours one day a week to just apply for scholarships.