Outside Scholarships

Taking a tally in the initial days of the 2016–2017 academic year, Lake Forest students received more than 100 scholarship from private sources, totaling over $350,000.

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.


Upcoming Scholarship Pick(s): 

Dunkin Donuts Scholarship

Franchisees scholarship awards are open to qualified high school seniors. The candidates can check their eligibility through the given link:

Deadline: varies by franchise location; as early as March 15 and as late as April 29

Reservation Counter Scholarship

Amount:  $1500

This need-based scholarship is for US students who have a passion for travel and for giving back in their communities.

Deadline: May 31 

Energy Scholarship

Amount:  $500

800 word essay on how people can lower their electricity bills. 

Deadline:  May 31

Goldberg Weisman Cairo Annual Scholarship

Amount: $1000

Students will be chosen based upon their exemplary academic skills, their service to their communities, and a short essay in response to the following topic: “How Do Personal Injury Attorneys Benefit Society?”

Deadline: July 1


Individual Scholarship Listing:

New! (Spg ’17): A list of over 200 scholarships offered by corporations, foundations, civic groups, etc. View as a .pdf with details    Excel Wksht


General Web Sites:


Special Categories / Web Sites:

Several resources — Affordable Colleges Online, LearnHowToBecome and — are not just for those attending online schools! Individual lists for many categories of students: 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

Children of Deaf Adults (CODA)


Disability Scholarships, A-Z

Google Lime Scholarship

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Microsoft disAbility Scholarship

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Spina Bifida Association

Through the Looking Glass 

Wells Fargo Schlrshp for People with Disabilities

First Generation

Becas Univision

The Billings and Barrett First in Family Scholarship

Graduate Study

New, March! Law School


Hispanic Students

Becas Univision

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) 

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


Scholarship For At Risk Youth


Scholarship search

Military Affiliation (general resource, various service branches)

Air Force - General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant 

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

Amvets -  Illinois   National

Armed Forces Crossroads 


Coast Guard 

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 

Military Officers Association of America  - Veterans, family members

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Veteran’s Service Organizations 

Veterans United Foundation

VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars 

Yellow Ribbon Program - Lake Forest participates as of 9/1/16

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)

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) - opens November 16

Gilman Foundation

Grace Groner Scholarship

Institute of International Education  -  scholarships, fellowships, internships

Polish Descent

Polish American Congress

Polish Women’s Civic Club / Athletic Scholarship

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  -  and 
    Nat’l Assoc of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP)


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

DDLR Scholarship (open to Chicago Public School seniors)

Educators for Fair Consideration (2015-16 list, sorted by due date)

Illinois Students  -  from the Illinois Dream Fund Commission  

Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund (’16-’17 version)

An undocumented student’s guide to college - IL

Private Scholarship Guide for undocumented students