Amanda Burgess George, Professional Staff Advisor; Advisor for Freshmen and Transfer Students at Large State Institution
This is a great question with multiple answers. First, speak with your high school guidance counselor. He or she should be able to provide you with a list of scholarship opportunities and help you decide on which ones fit your skills, abilities, and interests. However, many of the same resources to which your guidance counselor has access, you can find on your own. For instance, a simple Internet search on "College Scholarships" yields a lot of results, but they can sometimes be tough to narrow down.
Here are a few reputable scholarships to pursue:
The Gates Millennium Scholars (for ethnic minorities)
These are just a few of the many scholarships available. An additional route for scholarships is through the colleges or universities to which you are applying. Many university websites have a search tool or a quick links menu for scholarship applications. You could also email your admissions counselor to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
Last, there are contests for scholarships:
The bottom line is that there are many scholarship opportunities out there. The research takes a little digging, and the applications take time. In the end, if you are awarded $1,000 or $25,000, the time and effort will be worth it. Good luck!