Not all scholarships require mass quantities of work. For example, high school and college students can apply for the Suntrust Sweepstakes through May 9, 2012. The payoff is $1,000. It takes seconds to apply. High school seniors and current college students can apply multiple times. To enter the Suntrust Sweepstakes, go to: www.suntrusteducation.com/sweeps.
Another great scholarship for high school students is the Sammy Award. The $1,000 Sammy Award requires that high school seniors who participate in athletics and athletic clubs, with a gpa of at least 3.2, write an essay about milk. It is due March 19, 2012. Apply at: www.sammyapplication.com.
The American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship is also a simple scholarship to pursue. Read an essay online and then answer questions. It's that simple. This $2,000 scholarship is for high school seniors and they award 10 of them. To apply go to: http://afsascholarship.org/hsinformation.html.
These are all national awards. Don't forget to apply for local scholarships promoted by your high school or college. The odds of winning those are higher due to a lower number of students applying.
The best scholarship strategy is to apply for as much as you can without jeopardizing your grades.