Lake Forest College offers a number of scholarships that recognize students for their passions, interests, leadership, and achievements.

Types of scholarships

  • Merit-Based Scholarships

    We offer merit-based scholarships recognizing academic achievement, talent, and community engagement. Most scholarships are awarded at the time of admission, and any additional applications must be submitted prior to application decisions being mailed.

       Presidential Scholarship
    An award of up to $12,000 per year is based on the application for admission, curriculum, transcript, interview, recommendations, and standardized test scores. Students will be considered and notified at the time of admission. Domestic and international first-year students as well as transfer students are eligible. No additional application is required.

       Forester Scholarship
    Forester Scholarships range up to $8,000 per year and recognize a dedication to academics, the arts, sciences, and community. Majoring in a particular area is not a requirement of any scholarship, though each scholarship has renewal requirements. Students will be considered for ONE Forester Scholarship at the time of admission. Domestic and international first-year students as well as transfer students are eligible.

    No additional application is required. Click here to see requirements for scholarship fulfillment. Please designate your interest on the application for admission:
    •    Buchanan Social Justice Scholarship
    •    Carnegie Literature Scholarship
    •    Carnegie Modern Languages Scholarship
    •    Carnegie Writing Scholarship
    •    Environmental Studies Scholarship
    •    Gates Leadership Scholarship
    •    Johnson Science Scholarship
    •    Patterson Academic Scholarship
    •    Young Computer Science Scholarship
    •    Young Math Scholarship

    Requires additional application:
    •    Durand Art Scholarship
    •    Forester Forever Alumni Scholarship
    •    Hixon Theater Scholarship
    •    Reid Music Scholarship

       Chicago Public School Scholarship
    Up to 20 highly-qualified graduates of Chicago Public Schools will be offered half-tuition merit-based scholarships, in addition to available financial aid. Eligibility is limited to students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. In addition to the application for admission, an interview and financial need are considered. No additional application is required. To set-up a visit and interview, please contact Mitch Dunham at

       Alumni City Scholarship
    Forester alumni in Boston, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Francisco, and St. Louis support regional scholarships based in these eight cities. Alumni City Scholars are action-oriented students who have shown initiative, creativity, resourcefulness, and imagination in shaping their personal character and life goals. Students will be selected on the overall strength of their academic program and evidence of an entrepreneurial spirit.

       Transfers: Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
    Transfer students who have, or will earn their associate of arts degree or 59 transferable credit hours and hold current membership in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) international honor society are guaranteed a $15,000 Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. No additional application is required.

    Transfers: College of Lake County Scholarships
    In recognition of our educational partnership with the College of Lake County, the College is pleased to offer two full-tuition scholarships to CLC Honors Scholars Program participants each year. The College also provides a guaranteed scholarship award for students in the 2-2 Science Scholar Program in addition to either the PTK Scholarship or Presidential Scholarship. No additional application is required.

       International: Davis United World College Scholarship
    Davis United World College Scholarships are available to qualified UWC students. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Students are required to submit the CSS Profile. No additional application is required.

    Filing the FAFSA allows us to consider students for need-based grants, loans, and work study. It should be noted, scholarship recipients may not receive funds from the College which exceed tuition.