Many high school students look forward to their college days, eager to experience the freedom associated with college life and anxious to take the first steps towards their adult life. However, the one thing that most students and their parents do not look forward to is paying for college. Luckily for us though, we have a great tool to help us ease the burden of paying for college: scholarships. Scholarships are a great, albeit underused, way of relieving the stress caused by college tuition. However, many students do not know where to begin to look for scholarships or how to navigate the endless amounts of information found on the Internet, and thus, scholarships are not often utilized to their full extent.You don’t need to be a high school senior about to submit college applications to begin your scholarship search - anyone in high school can look and apply for scholarships; so begin your search today!Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t fit into this category! There are a multitude of other scholarships you may be eligible for!Athletic Achievement Scholarships - Athletes who have been involved in a sport for a number of years and are on their school team or play on a club team could be eligible for athletic scholarships. Community Service Scholarships - Students who volunteer often and are an active member of their community could qualify for a community service-based scholarship. Arts Based Scholarships - Students who are interested in the arts, such as dance or music, should look into art-based scholarships. These are just a few examples of the many different scholarships you can apply for. Students can also win scholarships based on their extracurricular activities, special skills or hobbies, or ethnicity, among other things. Fastweb’s Scholarship Directory is a great resource to find scholarships based on your criteria.