Scholarships are amazing because they usually allow a student to write an essay, get some references, and fill out an application form in order to receive money towards their tuition and other university/college expenses.
I would not call scholarships "free and easy money" though, because you, as a student, have worked very hard to be able to qualify for them. It takes effort to apply to scholarships, and well-written and well-thought out applications are usually the ones that get the best results.
Here are a few ways how you can find the right scholarships to apply to. Every high school/college achiever does not qualify for every scholarship out there, so it is best to pick the ones that you have a higher chance of winning.
1. Look at the activities that you have done in high school and college. If you were on the school council, ran the recycling program, played sports, volunteered, did other forms of community service and extra-curricular activities, you may be eligible to apply for scholarships for your participation in such activities.
2. Look at the involvements/background of your family. If your family was in the Rotary Club, or belongs to any special work/volunteer/community organization, there are scholarships associated with that. Ask your family if they were in any community clubs.
3. Talk to people whose job it is to provide you with information about scholarships. For example, your financial aid office at your college/university, your high school counselor, and other student advisers. It is their job to help you succeed, so don't be afraid to walk into their office and ask questions. They like that :)
3.Do some online research. For example google "[Your Desired University Name] + Scholarships" or "Scholarships for [insert activity/club/school/university/college here]. After you find a website that gives you information on scholarships and awards, google "website name + reviews" or "website name+scam" to see if anyone has reported that website to be a scam or information mill. You should not have to pay to join a scholarship site, because after all, the mere access to information regarding scholarships should not cost you money.
A lot of the information was from a website called SchoolFinder.com, as well as from personal experience.