There are plenty of students complaining that there are not enough scholarships out there. The truth is that there are plenty, you just need to go after them and know who is going to offer them. The second important reason why you need to know who is given out the scholarship and I mean specifically, exactly who, is because you need to step into their shows and write and application that will meet their exact requirements and that will make you stand out.
The government gives out scholarship and it does it as a part of a larger policy of aiding people and they focus more on numbers, so what you need to do is to fill out all the data correctly and apply to as many as possible. A personalized application won`t do much good in this field.
Colleges and institutions also give out money, but they will spend a lot more time in making sure that they award the money to someone who deserves it. Colleges will give money to students that show good grades, because they want good students in their classrooms. They want distinguished alumni so that they will get better donations from them and the corporations that will later hire them. These awards are intended to generate money in the future, so your strategy should be to convince them that you will work hard and have a brilliant future. That you aim to work for a prestigious company or even that you aim to start something of your own.
Other sources of free money are institutions and individuals and they do it in order to help the society and they will look into the application, so your aim is to underline how much the grant will help you to create a good future for yourself. Mention how generous they are and how much a difference they will make through their grant.
Some institutions give grants in order to promote a certain field and you are the perfect candidate for these grants if you are really interested in that field and you can prove it. For example if an institution offers a grant in chemistry you should underline your love for the subject and your future plans in advancing in this domain.
Some grants are a combination of promotional, helping and disinterested and you need to learn more about the institution that offers them in order to find an angle of approach that will make you stand out. The bottom line is that you need to actively think about the motives of each institution and to actively search for individuals, colleges and institutions that might have money to give for free.