To find scholarships, where should I look, what's needed of me, and which ones seem craziest?
There are many scams out there charging for scholarship information that is available for FREE on the internet. Avoid companies that claim they will do all the work for you, or those that guarantee scholarship money, or those who claim to have exclusive information. Instead go to a reliable source, like the College Board Website. It offers tons of free information about scholarships, loans and other ways to pay for college---www.collegeboard.org. Also, check with your parents to see if their employers offer scholarships to employee children, and with your counselor to learn about local scholarships. This all takes some effort, but it can definitely payoff.