1. Contact the colleges to which you are applying, local community groups and professional organizations in your chosen field to find out about scholarships.

2. Take your essay-writing seriously and strike the right tone. The books "Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays" and "Money-Winning Scholarship Essays and Interviews" might help.

3. Consider money-hunting a part-time job. If you can graduate from college without debt, you'll consider it the most profitable part-time job you've ever had.

4. Apply for as many scholarships as you might qualify for.

5. Gen and Kelly Tanabe say scholarship judges typically ask three questions during an interview: on current events, where you see yourself in 10 years and on your strengths and weaknesses. Your best bet? Practice selling yourself and don't let your interviewer see you sweat.