I discovered a web site, ScholarshipExperts.com; Forbes.com calls the ScholarshipsExperts.com in its "Best of the Web" Review, "The best scholarship search engine we've found!"
Create a profile at this web site and get unlimited access to a scholarship database of 2.4 million scholarships worth over $14 billion.
In addition, ScholarshipExperts.com will sponsor six scholarship programs in 2009, and they will award $30,000 in free scholarship money.
Some of these scholarships require a 250 word essay, and "US students who are 13 and up may be eligible to compete for these scholarships--high school students, college undergrads, grad school students, and adult learners are all invited to apply!"
Here is the info: http://www.scholarshipexperts.com/apply.htx