Scholarships are a good way to ease the financial burden of paying for college. They're not as big a paperwork fiasco as federal loans can be, and plenty of them are available. However, scholarship applicants must be ambitious, since it is up to them to seek out and apply for awards. Each scholarship requires applicants to meet certain criteria. However, even if they meet all the criteria, applicants should not expect to simply be handed a scholarship. A good deal of work is involved, as you will soon see.