If you want to attend a state school, there are a number of scholarship opportunities for you. Check first with the university to see if they offer their own scholarships (most do) before pursuing private scholarships.
A number of states, such as Wyoming and Georgia, offer scholarship programs to the top graduates in their states. In Wyoming, for example, the Hathaway Scholarship program offers Wyoming graduates with up to $1,600 per semester to apply toward tuition, books, and room and board at any public institution in the state, including the University of Wyoming. Check with your state to see if it offers any similar program for graduates. Such scholarships, which are usually based on performance at the high school level, often cover a large percentage of college education costs at that state's public institutions.
Public institutions in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming participate in a program called the Western Undergraduate Exchange, funded by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. This program, in which 145 public institutions participate, provides reduced tuition rates to residents of any of these states who wish to attend school in any of the participating schools. This program allows students in any of these Western states to pursue an education outside of their home state without taking on large financial burdens.
This scholarship, which is intended for residents in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington (you can still apply if you're not a resident, with certain restrictions), grants up to $15,000 to students involved in broadcasting, marketing, or journalism courses. Students must be of non-white origin, and they must be in their sophomore year by the fall term of the scholarship year (which means college freshmen can apply for the following year).
Residents of Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon who apply can apply their scholarship monies to an out-of-state school; those who are not residents in these states may apply, but the money can only be applied to institutions within those four states.