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:

Burger King Scholars Program  (two tracks)

General Track - available to all HS seniors who …

  • live in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico
  • have a cumulative HS GPA of at least 2.5 (4.0 scale)
  • plan to enroll full-time, for the entire 2016-17 academic year at a college/university in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico

Employee-Based Track - available to employees, spouses or domestic partners of employees, and children of employees pursuing a traditional postsecondary education, who must …

  • be an employee of Burger King Corporation or a participating BURGER KING® franchisee (see web for full definition)  or
  • be a spouse (not legally separated) or domestic partner of an employee of Burger King Corporation or Franchisees  or
  • be a dependent child of an employee of Burger King Corporation or Franchisees (Designated Employer) 
  • be a graduating HS seniors (U.S. and Puerto Rico) or have attained a GED, graduating from grade 12 (Canada), graduating from home school education in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada or current college undergraduates or graduate level students in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (4.0 scale)
  • plan to enroll for the 2016-17 academic year at a college/university in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico

Please note: while we have attempted to include the “core requirements” for each scholarship track, interested students must refer to the web site for complete details.

Awards:  most will be $1000; at least ten will receive $5,000 and up to three will receive $50,000

Deadline:  December 15

Site:  http://bkmclamorefoundation.org


New Scholarships!  (Fall 2015)

AXA Achievement Scholarship, $10,000 - $25,000,  Due: December 15

Bella Ballroom Performing Arts  $1000,  Due: November 15

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

Education Matters Scholarship, $5000, Due November 30

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

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

Risk Management Association Foundation, $2000 - $5000,  Due: Nov 17

Scholarship America’s Dream Award, $5000 - $15,000,  Due: December 15

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

Golden Apple (for Illinois Education majors) $2500+, Due: January 31
     * HS Seniors               * Current Students


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 includes resources for traditional colleges too! Special lists provided for women, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans, and a separate page for 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






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

Amvets -  Illinois   National

Armed Forces Crossroads (new, October 2015)

Department of Veteran’s Affairs  -  veterans/children

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

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

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation -  25 military-related resources  

Need a Lift?  -  veterans/children/grandchildren

Military Officers Association of America  -  veterans/families/grandchildren

Veteran’s Service Organizations 

Veterans United Foundation

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  -  going2college.org

Canadian Students  - begin on pg 12 scholarships for use at any college;  
    CanLearn - Government of Canada  

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