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Undergraduate Fellowships and Scholarships

The hard work you’ve put into your education can pay off in ways you might not have ever imagined. Whether you are a first year student with an idea about how to bring peace into the world, a rising senior trying to learn more about your options for the future, or an alumnus with a passion and a vision, there may be opportunities that will provide you with the support to pursue your dreams! 

Take a look at some of the options below. If any strike your interest, contact Ashley Sinclair to discuss next steps. 

Please note: Some of these fellowships and scholarships require official endorsement by Lake Forest College. Ashley Sinclair serves as the contact person for all applications—and endorsements—and can explain the process for each individual fellowships and scholarship.  

Awards to Support Students During Their Undergraduate Career

The David B. Mathis Kemper Scholars Program

The David B. Mathis Kemper Scholar Program at Lake Forest College, awarded by the James S. Kemper Foundation, provides scholarships, internships, and career coaching to high-potential undergraduate students enabling them to develop the practical and professional skills they need to successfully launch a career in business.


  • First year student
  • Any major
  • Commitment to a career in business, and exploring a career in the insurance industry
  • Preference for strong quantitative skills

Contact Colleen Monks, Director of the Career Advancement Center, to learn more about this award.

Graduate School Exploration Fellowship

The GSEF program is designed for students interested in pursuing study and research in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and arts.


  • U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S., or be a non-US citizen with DACA.
  • Students with DACA status must provide documentation that their DACA status is current and will not expire prior to the end of the GSEF program.
  • Have sophomore standing (or have completed at least three semesters of undergraduate education, or their equivalent in terms or blocks as determined by their home ACM institution). Students must be eligible for an additional two more years of study at Lake Forest College 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application.
  • Be available to fully participate in the program, including mentorship, both annual summits, and the summer research experience.
  • Have a strong interest in pursuing terminal graduate work in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, and/or the arts.  Please note that this does NOT include programs leading to professional degrees, e.g. medical school (M.D.), law school (J.D.), or business school (MBA).

The campus deadline is in early March. 

Boren Scholarships

To study abroad, with a focus on language acquisition, as an undergraduate student.

NOTE: Boren also offers a separate fellowship program for graduate students, but current Lake Forest undergraduates are not eligible for this program.  

Udall Scholarships
To support undergraduate students in the sciences; apply while a sophomore or junior
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
To support undergraduate students desiring to pursue a career related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care; apply while a sophomore or junior


Awards to Support Graduate Study or Postgraduate Research

Fall Deadlines 

For fellowships and scholarships that require Lake Forest College endorsement or support, potential applicants must contact Ashley Sinclair to discuss the process no later than June 1 preceding fall submission. The College will not endorse any applicants who begin the process after June 1.  

James Rocco Quantitative Research Fellowships

Supporting Lake Forest College students wishing to further their interest in quantitative study.


The Davies-Jackson Scholarship

An opportunity for first-generations students with exceptional academic records to study at the graduate level at Cambridge


George J. Mitchell Scholarships

To study in Ireland/N. Ireland following graduation


Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • be citizens of the United States of America (at the time they apply for a scholarship);
  • (by the time they take up their scholarship ie September 2019) hold their first undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States;
  • have obtained a grade point average of not less than 3.7 on their undergraduate degree.  (Applicants must have a GPA of 3.7 at the time of application). We do not accept rounded GPA’s.
  • have graduated from their first undergraduate college or university after April 2016.
  • not have studied for, or hold a degree or degree-equivalent qualification from a British University or GCSE or A Levels taken at school in the UK.

The campus deadline is September 15, 2018, after which students will have time to review their application.

The final national deadline is October 1, 2018.

Rhodes Scholarship

Administered by the Rhodes Trust in Oxford, the programme offers more than 100 fully-funded Scholarships each year for postgraduate study at the University of Oxford in the UK - one of the world’s leading universities.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • a citizen of the United States OR a lawful permanent resident of the United States OR a U.S. resident with DACA status on April 15 in the year of application.
  • eligible to apply through one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or one of the U.S. territories: either in the state or territory where the applicant was legally resident on April 15 in the year of application, or where the applicant will have received at least two years of college training and a bachelor’s degree before October 1 in the year following election.
  • at least 18 but not yet 24 years of age (i.e., the applicant must still be 23 on October 1 in the year of application).
  • a minimum of 3.7 GPA for your bachelor’s degree

Applications open July 1, 2018 for the 2019 competition.  The campus deadline is September 15, 2018, after which students will have time to review their application.

The final national deadline is Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Fulbright US Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

To support graduate study in international affairs

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

To support graduate study by new Americans in a wide variety of fields

Spring Deadlines

For fellowships and scholarships that require Lake Forest College endorsement or support, potential applicants must contact Ashley Sinclair to discuss the process no later than October 1 preceding spring submission. The College will not endorse any applicants who begin the process after October 1.

Truman Scholarship
To support graduate studies in public service fields
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
To support undergraduates planning to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service
Hellenic American Education Foundation Fellowship
To teach English and/or work with the HAEF in Greece 
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program
To become a research fellow at the Carnegie Endowment

Information for International Students

Although most of the above opportunities are restricted to United States citizens or legal permanent residents, there are other fellowships and scholarships available to international students who wish to continue their studies in the United States following graduation.  Contacting your graduate institution is an important step in seeking out funding, but feel free to also contact this office for further guidance.