Outside Scholarships

During the 2014–2015 academic year, Lake Forest students received over half a million dollars in scholarship from private sources. Values for 2015-2016 are likely to match or exceed that amount!

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” 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:

Veterans United Scholarship

VA Mortgage Center.com is offering three scholarships up to $20,000.

Military Requirements:

  • Current active-duty service member
  • Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Spouse of military member or veteran
  • Surviving spouse or child of a fallen soldier
  • Child of a service member or veteran

Academic Requirements:

  • be enrolled in or plan to attend a college in the fall
  • GPA of 2.5 or above
  • submit a 750 word essay (see application)

Deadline:  a limited number of applications will be accepted; if that number is not reached, applications will close on October 16

Site: http://www.enhancelives.com/scholarships

Individual Scholarship Listing

Note that deadlines are often repeated in future years, with a similar date. So if you see “April 10, 2014” on a scholarship on this list, it is possible (if not even “likely”) that a new scholarship is being offered, with a deadline close to April 10, 2015.

A printable list of 143 scholarships updated 12/2013 - 2/2014.

A searchable list of the same 143 scholarships.

General Web Sites

Special Categories / Web Sites

African American Students

Black College Dollars 

United Negro College Fund

Asian Students

Asian Pacific Fund  

Asian American and Pacific Islander

Hispanic Students

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

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  

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 

Bureau of Indian Education 

Indian Health Service   

Off-Campus Study

AIFS (American Institute For Foreign Study)

Gilman Foundation

Grace Groner Scholarship

Institute of International Education  -  scholarships, fellowships, internships

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

Indiana Students  -  grant and scholarship programs

Maine Students  -  links to 16 scholarships

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  

CPS (Chicago Public Schools) Students  -  Wentcher Foundation

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