It is great that you're thinking about scholarships already because most academic scholarships, in general, will look at your performance over more than just one year. Keep getting good grades, do well on your standardized tests and be a good citizen in school. A history of good grades will show that your consistent and are consistently above average. The standardized test scores are usually included with your scholarship application and doing well on these can be an indication of future success; doing well on these will also open their own scholarship opportunities like the National Merit Scholar program. Getting along with your teachers will also help with your scholarship hunt - you may need letters of recommendation that refer to your character.
If art and music are where you want to focus your education, you could give yourself a better chance at a scholarship by participating in events and activities to support that. You could get your art into exhibits for young people or work to play with an orchestra, for example. The more things that you can get involved with will increase your chances of getting a scholarship or many scholarships.
Lance recommends the following next steps:
- Improve your standardized test-taking ability with practice - prep books, online test taking tools and apps can help you get better. There are actually standardized test taking tips that can improve your score right away.
- Look for scholarships through organizations, civic groups, etc., that interest you. Read the scholarship criteria - some will require that you start working on things now. Look for opportunities to volunteer or join an organization that interests you - they may have scholarship opportunities for members.
- Look in your local area for ways to show off your art and music talent. The act of participating not only looks favorably on a scholarship application, it will also look great on a college admissions application.