When people talk about scholarships, what they usually have in mind is college scholarships. There is also a common assumption that college scholarships are easier to secure than scholarships for, say, high school. This assumption is, however, not right. Below, I will talk about why it is worth trying to get a high school scholarship, and why it could be even more useful than a college scholarship, despite the common belief.
First of all, a high school scholarship is easier to secure: There is much less competition and companies and organizations which provide scholarships often have difficulty even finding enough applicants. For college scholarships, on the other hand, the demand is much higher than the supply. Very few applicants get college scholarships, despite how good they are. High school scholarships, however, can easily be gotten as long as the applicant follows the necessary steps for a good application.
Add to this the advantages a high school scholarship will provide you with your application for a college scholarship! It is often considered to be a great plus if an applicant has already managed to secure a prestigious award or scholarship before applying for another one at another level (i.e. college). That is to say, you will have much better chances to secure a college scholarship if you already got a high school scholarship, especially if it was a merit-based award.
Why, then, are there so few students applying to high school scholarships? One reason, as alluded above, is that there is a misconception that these scholarships are extremely competitive. Another, and perhaps more important, reason is that there are very few resources, other than sites like http://www.highscholarships.com for Americans and http://www.univforum.com for Canadians, which provide a listing of all high school scholarships available, or sites that guide students throughout the application process. It seems, then, that our society is too college-oriented, and this could be viewed as an opportunity for high school students to easily secure some funding resources. After all, it will help them with their college applications, too.