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Outside Scholarships

As of the start of the fall semester, 80 Lake Forest students received over a quarter of a million dollars in private scholarship funds!

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. (See “Scams” info in the right column.)
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, please report the funds to our office. Such “outside scholarships” will normally reduce the amount your family pays or the loans you use. In some rare cases, it may affect your work-study eligibility and/or College need-based grants.

Upcoming Scholarship Pick(s):  

Wells Fargo Disabilities Scholarship  (Dec 6)

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Wells Fargo has committed $1 million to help people with disabilities obtain the education/training necessary in the career path of their choice.

Amount:  $1250 - $2500

Applicants must be:

  • Have an identified disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major life activity)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Be a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll or is already enrolled in at least half-time undergraduate program at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States

Deadline: December 6, or when 700 appl’s have been received

Additional Details: click here


Chick Fil-A Remarkable Futures Schol (Dec 3)

Amount:  two categories offering $2500 and $25,000

General requirements (see link for complete details):

  • Be an employee at a franchised, company-owned and/or affiliated restaurant
  • Be a Team Member at the time award is presented
  • Be (or plan to be) an undergraduate or graduate student for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Be recommended by an Operator, Interim Manager or Executive General Manager
  • Show active involvement in community service in the 12 months prior to application
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or 3.0 (varies by scholarship)
  • See full description/specifics on web site

Deadline: Dec 3 


Walmart Associates Scholarship (Nov 30)

Amount:  up to $3000

Must meet all of the following:

  • be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • be a Walmart associate for six consecutive months
  • high school/home school graduate or GED recipient
  • have a 2.0 HS GPA
  • have financial need

Deadline: November 30

Additional Details: click here


Google Scholarships - various  (Dec 5)

Amount:  $10,000 

Each scholarship program has its own requirements

  • Women Techmakers Scholars Program  
    • awarded based on academic performance, leadership, and impact on the community of women in tech
  • Lime Scholarship Program
    • supports students with disabilities in pursuit of a degree in the field of computer science
  • Generation Google Scholarship
    • helps aspiring computer scientists excel become leaders in the field, based on the candidate’s impact on diversity, demonstrated leadership, and academic background; those who identify as part of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Student Veterans of America Scholarship  

    • provides assistance to student veterans who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science

 Deadline: December 5 



General Web Sites:

Consider creating a separate email address for scholarship searches, in case you get a lot of unwanted email.

Special Categories / Web Sites:

Several resources — Affordable Colleges Online, LearnHowToBecome and OnlineColleges.net — 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


Herbert Lehman Educational Fund  (April)

United Negro College Fund

Asian Students

Asian Pacific Fund  

Asian American and Pacific Islander

Canadian Students

CanLearn - Government of Canada 



Disabilities & Medical Conditions

Affordable Colleges Online

American Association on Health and Disability (Frederick J. Krause)


Children of Deaf Adults (CODA)


Cystic Fibrosis


Disability Scholarships, A-Z


Google Lime Scholarship

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Microsoft disAbility Scholarship

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Paralyzed Veterans of America


Through the Looking Glass (students with disabilities, and students whose parent has a disability)

Wells Fargo Schlrshp for People with Disabilities

Education Majors


Entrepreneurship Majors

James Rocco Quantitative Research Fellowship

LegalZoom Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship


First Generation

Becas Univision


Graduate Study

Dominican Bar Association

Law School


Hispanic Students

Becas Univision

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) 

Dominican Bar Association (for law school)

Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship

Hispanic Scholarship Fund  -  dozens of scholarships for all grade levels

Hispanic Science Scholarships -  National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Latino College Dollars  -  scholarship search

League of United Latin American Citizens

MAES (Latinos in Science and Engineering) 


Scholarship For At Risk Youth

International Students

Institute of International Education


Scholarship search

Military Affiliation

AffordableColleges.com (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


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’s Sport Clips Help a Hero - separate fall/spring deadlines

VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars

VFW Auxiliary

Wells Fargo: Scholarship & Emergency Grant programs  

Yellow Ribbon Program - Lake Forest participates 

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)  

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

Single Parent

TopProducts Single Mother Scholarship 

State/Location Specific 

Nat’l Assoc of State Student Grant & Aid Programs

Arizona Students

Arkansas Students  - scholarship search

District of Columbia

Hawai‘i Students -  over 150 scholarships to pursue 

Illinois Students -  grants, loans, and scholarships for all grade levels

Illinois Students - Community Fndtn of Northern Illinois 

Illinois, (Chicago Public Schools) -  Wentcher Foundation

Indiana Students  -  grant and scholarship programs

Maine Students -  links to 16 scholarships

Pennsylvania Students 

Rhode Island Foundation  

Rhode Island Student Loan Authority search

Tennessee Students - application cycle begins mid-January

Washington Students  -  scholarship search


Transfer Students

Community College students  -  Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Oakton Community College students  -  Wentcher Scholarship  

Phi Theta Kappa members - various awards, criteria, deadlines

Undocumented Students

DDLR Scholarship (open to Chicago Public School seniors)

DREAMers Roadmap  

Golden Door

Immigrants Rising    Undergraduates   Graduates

Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund

An undocumented student’s guide to college - IL

Private Scholarship Guide for undocumented students



Affordable Colleges.com