Outside Scholarships

During the 2015–2016 academic year, Lake Forest students received nearly $400,000 in scholarship from private sources.

While we believe that the resources below are worthwhile, we do not guarantee the authenticity of the information or websites, and do not endorse the information or services offered. Deadlines and other dates are assumed to be valid annually.

If you receive a scholarship, grant, or other aid from a source other than the College, you must report the funds to the Office of Financial Aid. Such “outside scholarships” will normally reduce the amount your family pays or the loans you use. It may affect your work-study eligibility, and, in some cases, College need-based grants.

Our Scholarship Pick(s) of the Week:

Military Children Program Scholarship

Intended to aid military children planning to attend or already enrolled in a four-year college or university. 

Amount:  $2,000  

Deadline:  February 135


• Be an unmarried child (under the age of 23) of active duty, Reserve/Guard, retired, or deceased military personnel to be determined using the DEERS database

• Be enrolled, or planning to enroll, full-time in the fall of 2011 in an undergraduate program of studies leading to a Bachelor’s Degree 

• Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

• Community or junior college applicants must be enrolled in a program of studies designed to allow them to transfer to a four-year program



Recently-Added Scholarships: 


CVS Health Foundation Scholarship, Amt varies,  Due: April 24

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant, $2000 or more,  Due: Mar 18

Hamman Foundation, $18,000 over 4 yrs, Due February 19

PanHellenic (Greek) Scholarship, $2500 & $10,000, Due: February 1


Tall Clubs International Scholarship, $1000,  Due: March 1

VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars, up to $5000, Due: April 30


Individual Scholarship Listing:

UPDATED Fall 2015!  Review a list of over 100 scholarships offered by corporations, foundations, civic groups, etc.
View as .pdf     Excel file (for easy sorting)    Filter by categoris


General Web Sites:


Special Categories / Web Sites:

A new resource we have found (Oct 2015) Affordable Colleges Online is not just for online schools…with resources for traditional colleges too! Special lists provided for women, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and students with disabilities.

African American Students

Black College Dollars 

Herbert Lehman Educational Fund

United Negro College Fund

Asian Students

Asian Pacific Fund  

Asian American and Pacific Islander

Canadian Students

Canadian Students - begin on pg 12 scholarships for use at any college

CanLearn - Government of Canada 




Affordable Colleges Online

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Spina Bifida Association

First Generation

Becas Univision

Hispanic Students

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)  -  new, Oct 2015

Hispanic Scholarship Fund  -  dozens of scholarships for all grade levels

Hispanic Science Scholarships  -  National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Latino College Dollars  -  scholarship search

International Students  -  scholarship search

Military Affiliation

Air Force - General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant  (new, Nov 2015)

American Legion child, (great)grandchild, WWI or II, Korea, Vietnam, etc

Amvets -  Illinois   National

Armed Forces Crossroads (new, October 2015)

Army (new, December 2015)

Coast Guard (new, December 2015)

Department of Veteran’s Affairs  -  veterans/children

Iran & Afghanistan  -  if your parent died in service after 9/11

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation -  25 military-related resources  

Navy-Marine Corps (new, December 2015)

Military Officers Association of America  -  veterans/families/grandchildren

Veteran’s Service Organizations 

Veterans United Foundation

VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars (new, December 2015)

Native American Scholarships

American Indian College Fund 

American Indian Graduate Center

Bureau of Indian Education Grant Program (.pdf)

Bureau of Indian Education Scholarships     

Indian Health Service   

Native American Congressional Internship

Resource: Tracing your American Indian Ancestry

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Off-Campus Study

AIFS (American Institute For Foreign Study)

Gilman Foundation

Grace Groner Scholarship

Institute of International Education  -  scholarships, fellowships, internships

Polish Descent

Polish American Congress

From Top Ten Online Colleges - 25 Scholarships for Polish Students

State/Location Specific 

Arizona Students

Arkansas Students  - scholarship search

Hawai‘i Students  -  over 150 scholarships to pursue 

Illinois Students  -  grants, loans, and scholarships for all grade levels

Illinois, (Chicago Public Schools)  -  Wentcher Foundation

Indiana Students  -  grant and scholarship programs

Maine Students  -  links to 16 scholarships

Rhode Island

Tennessee Students - application cycle begins mid-January

Washington Students  -  scholarship search

State-Specific Aid Programs  -

Transfer Students

Community College students  -  Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Oakton Community College students  -  Wentcher Scholarship  

Phi Theta Kappa members - fall due December 3; spring due April 30

Undocumented Students

Illinois Students  -  from the Illinois Dream Fund Commission  

Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund - new for 2014-15

An undocumented student’s guide to college - IL

Private Scholarship Guide for undocumented students