During the 2013-2014 academic year, Lake Forest students received over $575,000 in scholarship funds from private sources! This page will help you locate such funds.
While we believe that the resources on this page are worthwhile, we do not guarantee the authenticity of the information and/or Web sites, 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:
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year Most Valuable Student (MVS) Scholarships, ranging from $1,000 - $12,500/year. Open to any current high school senior who is a citizen of the United States pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis in a U.S. college or university. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The Foundation will also award 250 Legacy Scholarships to children and grandchildren of a living Elks member.
Deadline: MVS - December 6; Legacy - January 31
Individual Scholarship Listing
A printable list of 120 scholarships we have been made aware of, updated November 9, 2012.
General Web Sites
Financial Aid Page - scholarship searches and other resources
Horatio Alger Association - browse scholarships by your home state
Kaarme.com - browse scholarships by category
Peterson’s - scholarship search
SallieMae Fund - four programs with hundreds of scholarships given annually
Sallie Mae’s College Answer - new scholarship search
Scholarship Experts.com - scholarship search
Scholarships.com - scholarship search
Special Categories / Web Sites
Arkansas Students - scholarship search
Canadian Students* - new, November 2012
* the above link begins on page 12 with scholarships that can be used at any college;
prior pages include scholarships with enrollment at specific colleges/universities
CanLearn - Government of Canada
CPS (Chicago Public Schools) Students - Wentcher Foundation
Hawai‘i Students - over 150 scholarships to pursue
Hispanic College Fund - 10 to 15 scholarships for various grade levels
Hispanic Scholarship Fund - dozens of scholarships for all grade levels
Hispanic Science Scholarships - National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Latino College Dollars - scholarship search
Illinois Students - grants, loans, and scholarships for all grade levels
International Students - scholarship search
Indiana Students - grant and scholarship programs
Maine Students - links to 16 scholarships
Department of Veteran’s Affairs - links to a variety of programs, including those for children
Iran & Afghanistan - federal programs for students whose parent died in service after 9/11
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation - links to 25 military-related financial aid resources
Need a Lift - for veterans and their children/grandchildren
Military Officers Association of America - a search for veterans, spouses, children and grandchildren
Veteran’s Service Organizations
Veterans United Foundation
Minority Students - 200 scholarships for students of various ethnicities
AIFS (American Institute For Foreign Study)
Grace Groner Scholarship
Institute of International Education - directory of scholarships, fellowships, and paid internships
Parents with Disabilities - (ex: blind, chronic illnesses, deaf, intellectual, physical, psychiatric disabilities)
Presbyterian Church, (USA) - grant, scholarship and loan programs for members of the PC (USA)
Science Scholarships - National Alliance for Hispanic Health, for undergraduate and graduate studies
State-Specific Aid Programs - going2college.org
Community College students - Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
Oakton Community College students - Wentcher Scholarship
Phi Theta Kappa members - fall deadline December 3; spring deadline April 30
Washington Students - scholarship search
The high school guidance office or college planning office are probably the best source of information on scholarships offered in your community. You may also contact your local Chamber of Commerce. Be sure to ask about foundations, religious organizations and civic groups (American Legion or VFW, Jaycees, etc.) as well as organizations related to activities and career field that interest you.
Your parents’ employer (start with the human resources department) may have funds as well, including scholarships, grants, low-interest loans, or tuition payment plans.
Scholarship Scam Alert:
In early 2013, our office heard from several students who have received an email claiming to be from the Robert Sterling Scholarship Foundation. The message offers a scholarship “ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars based on your nationality, academic program, level of study and GPA.” They then ask for several pieces of information, including mailing address, cell phone, email address, age, etc.
Here is how the scam works: they send a (false) scholarship check. Then they contact you to say there was a mistake, and the check was larger than it was supposed to be. They ask you to deposit the first check immediately, and have you write a check to them to cover the excess amount you received. They will make this process sound very urgent. It then turns out that the check you received and deposited in your account is bad and you will have lost the money that you sent to them.
As with other scams, there are several variations (some offer you a job with a paycheck right upfront). But at least two Lake Forest student has responded, and received a “scholarship check.”
If you ever have a question about a scholarship offer that sounds “fishy” feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid (email@example.com, 847-735-5103) and we will try to help determine if it is legitimate.