What is holding you back from winning scholarships? Because any excuse you can make is something that you can learn to do well. If it is money, eliminate all the things in your life that you can possibly live without. This many mean cutting Internet, downgrading your smart phone, cancelling Netflix, not going out to eat, and anything else you don’t need to survive. I didn’t say it was going to be pretty – but you will learn a lot from the experience. If it is poor grades go online and find someone who is blogging about how to build better study habits like Cal Newport. Go to the writing center at your college and see what academic support is available. If you think you aren’t the best candidate start researching what you need to do and take the first step.
The biggest thing you need to do is decide that you want to do something worth your time. You need to stop making excuses for doing nothing and get to work – or at least getting to work that matters. If you start doing work that matters to you, then you will find purpose in even the menial and once boring tasks. So stop making excuses.