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.
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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.