When people talk about scholarships they almost always mean scholarship for graduate and post graduate students. There is a common misconception that scholarships for high school students are either very few or they do not exist. This conception is not right because there are quite a large number of scholarships offered to high school students and they are easier to get than college scholarships.
Most of the organization that offer such scholarships have a very few number of applicants that apply for the scholarship award. The reason for less number of applications for such scholarships is the above mentioned misconception and also there is a less number of students requiring financial aid at this stage. Many of scholarships go unawarded each year due to less number of applicants.
Another reason for less number of applicants for these scholarships is that most of the scholarship search sites only focus scholarships offered at graduate and postgraduate level and completely overlook scholarship opportunities for high school students, however http://www.highscholarships.com for Americans and http://www.univforum.com for Canadians is providing ample information on high school scholarships.
In addition to scholarships many high schools give discounts in tuition fees on request. You can write to your chosen college requesting these discounts based on financial need, past academic performance or your past performance in sports.
Students should make use of search engines to search for scholarships offered to high school students. Many schools even advertise such scholarships over internet to increase the number of students coming to their college. Some schools also provide special discounts to students coming from other countries to study at their colleges. These schools do so in order to build a reputation of an international school. Education councilors representing such colleges are normally present in developing countries, students can check with these representative to get information about scholarship programs offered by the school.
Once a student has found a suitable scholarship program, the application should be made in an organized way. Students should carefully read out the requirements of the scholarship program and provide all information, and documents required by the scholarship provider. Students should also take very opportunity to include a personal statement in their application. Personal statement should explain the past academic achievements and extra academic skills of students, and also explain the reason for joining the specified school. Personal statements are very effective because they convey a personal message about your personality.