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” 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:

Gates Millennium Scholarship Program

Estimated range   $10,000 - $25,000


  • Be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander or Hispanic American;  
  • Be citizens, legal permanent residents or nationals of the U.S.;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (unweighted 4.0 scale) or earned a GED;
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities;
  • Meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria;
  • Enroll for the first time at a U.S. located , accredited college or university in the fall as a full-time, degree seeking, first year student;
  • Complete & submit the application and related forms by the deadline; 

Deadline:  January 13

Site: www.gmsp.org

Individual Scholarship Listing

A .pdf list of 120 scholarships offered by corporations, foundations, civic groups, etc. Compiled during the summer of 2015, posted October 2015. 

A searchable list of the scholarships, posted during the summer of 2014.

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

Amvets -  Illinois   National

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 

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

Students of 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

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