Never feel pressured to do anything that you aren't comfortable with. You don't have to make up lies or excuses, you just have to be straightforward. The people who don't respect that don't deserve you.
You don’t need to get straight A's, be in dire financial straits or go to a ton of activities after school every day to win a scholarship. In some cases, a special skill or interest area — like weird ways to earn or save money — can help you win an award to use toward tuition, housing or even textbooks.