In addition to searching for scholarships, make sure you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines need-based federal aid such as grants and loans. The FAFSA also generates a Student Aid Report (SAR) which is used by colleges in determining need based grants and scholarships.
Scholarship applications often require recommendation letters, resumes, family financial information, transcripts, and lists of activities, academic honors, leadership roles, work experience, community service and more.
Prior to starting your search, gather all these materials and save them in a folder for easy access. Having this information on hand will save time and ensure you do not forget important information to include in each application.