I admit that I’m new here and have begun multiple projects in Scrivener. I worked through the tutorial and find the manual somewhat helpful, though I can’t always find what I’m looking for. I have some basic questions about headers/footers for which I can’t find answers. I have several pieces to submit for competitions that need to have page numbers, beginning on the first page, and I need to eliminate my name on them from the headers. I can’t see a way to do this within the project. Do I have to create my own template to get this? I’m probably making this too hard.

You can define whatever headers you need via the Page Settings pane of the Compile Format editor. See Section 24.20 in the (Mac) manual.