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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):  

Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship     (Jan 31)

Our goal is to support undocumented students. This scholarship will be awarded to eligible high school seniors, undergraduate and/or graduate students who demonstrate leadership, academic competitiveness, community involvement, and financial need.

Amount:  TBD

Applicants must be:

  • Be an Illinois resident attending a HS or college in Illinois.

  • Must be enrolled full-time for the Spring or Fall of 2020.

  • Be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5+.

  • Show leadership through community work on or off campus.

  • International students and those with F-1 visas are ineligible.

  • DACA recipients are eligible.

  • HS seniors are eligible to apply with proof of college enrollment in Fall 2020.

  • Two letters of recommendation are required.

Deadline: January 31

Additional Details: click here


Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago    (Feb 1)

Amount:  $1,000 to $8,000

General requirements (see link for complete details):

  • Are Jewish
  • Were born and raised in Chicago metropolitan area*, including Lake County, Indiana; or one continuous year of full-time employment in the Chicago metro area prior to enrollment
  • Intend to remain in the Chicago metropolitan area after completing school
  • Are entering an accredited graduate program in a helping profession on a full-time basis for the full 2020-2021 academic year or
  • Are entering your junior or senior year of an accredited bachelor’s degree program in a helping profession on a full-time basis for the full 2020-2021 academic year
  • Demonstrate financial need and career promise

Deadline: February 1

Additional Details: https://www.jcfs.org/jvsscholarships

Elks Legacy Scholarships     (January 31)

Amount:  up to $4000

Must meet all of the following:

  • be the child, grandchild, step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2017, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2017. 
  • The applicant must be a high school senior. 
  • Applicants must take the SAT or ACT in time to receive their scores before the application deadline by December 31, 2019.

Deadline: January 31

Additional Details:  elks.org/scholars/scholarships/Legacy.cfm


Hispanic Scholarship Foundation    (Feb 15)

Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to high school seniors, current undergraduates, and graduate students


  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • HS students must have GPA of 3.0 GPA or higher
  • College students must have GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Plan to enroll full-time during the fall 
  • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA or state-based aid application (if applicable)

Deadline: February 15

Additional Details:  hsf.net/scholarship 

Community Foundation of Northern IL   (Feb 1) 

The CFNIL manages 90+ scholarships for college students who live in one of four Northern Illinois counties:  Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago.

Award Range:  $500 - $10,000

Most scholarships can be applied for with just one application, due February 1.

Full Details:  cfnil.org/scholarships

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 

Miscellaneous Scholarships


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