<p>I got a huge book out of the library and read every single scholarship..We found that very few applied to her. There were many "specific" scholarships she did not meet the requirements for , for example the national association for fat acceptance has one, so do the steel workers, and their were many for gay students etc..There were not alot we found that she fit ..</p>
<p>Anyway not to leave any stone unturned we kept looking and eventually applied for ones that we thought she had a chance at..</p>
<p>We almost didnt do the ones from the senator and delegate in the area because we just didnt think she would get one..(too complicated and probably based on who you knew) but she went for it anyway and ended up getting one from each..One renews automatically and the other you have to apply for again but they said it was likely. So we are thrilled with that!!</p>
<p>Plus she won an Elks scholarship (they have lots of these in different categories..need based and non need based) and she won several small local scholarships also. But she spent alot of time and work on them. </p>
<p>At this time of year I think the number of scholarships is limited also. Most of hers were done in Feb/Mar if I recall..with results in June. </p>
<p>If you look at your personal qualities and have something unusual you may be able to match it up with something in the scholarship books..Otherwise I would look at scholarships like Elks that offer a number of them.
I say take a chance on all you can but they are a lot of work..with Poppa Johns giving only ONE for a big community they get a lot of publicity but most kids will wind up empty handed. Ditto a few others..so take a look at how many they give and how much competition there is. I mean one of the ones she won was only 1 scholarship but it was local and not a ton of kids entered.</p>
<p>Also look and see if you qualify based on your grades..some scholarships are looking for scholars and others for the average kid.
My D. had stellar grades and that actually hurt her in the Pappa Johns contest (they look for average grades)</p>
<p>So you just have to persist and keep looking! Good luck!</p>