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Outside Scholarships

Taking a tally in the initial days of the 2017–2018 academic year, Lake Forest students received more than 100 scholarship from private sources, totaling over $450,000.

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, you must report the funds to the Office of Financial Aid. Such “outside scholarships” will 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.


Upcoming Scholarship Pick(s):  

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships 

Amount: $5000 in scholarship + $5000 grant to their charity

Recognizes students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models that provide solutions to eliminate hunger in America. 

Deadline: December 5



AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health & Disability

Awarded annually to a deserving  student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies who is pursuing studies related to the health and disability

Amount: $1,000

  • Must have a disability as defined by the American w/Disabilities Act.
  • Must be enrolled full time as undergraduate student and completed one full year of college or more; or enrolled part time or full time in a graduate school, pursuing a post graduate degree.
  • Preference given to students majoring in public health, disability studies, health promotion or a field related to disability and health.
  • Preference given to students with a history of community service and/or volunteer activities.
  • Must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the United States 

Deadline: November 15  

Full details

VFW’s Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship

Amount: up to $5,000

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be retired, honorably discharged, active duty, or a member of the National Guard or Reserve.
  • Have completed Basic Training and follow-on training (Advanced Individual Training, technical school, etc.).
  • Separated with or currently hold a military rank of E-5 or below.
  • Demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
  • Participate in, be accepted to or currently enrolled in a VA-approved program or school at an accredited post-secondary institution.


Deadline: November 15 for spring semester; April 30 for fall


Elks National Foundation Scholarships

The Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2018 competition. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The 20 top finalists will attend an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges.

Amount: $4000 - $50,000  (divided over four years)

  • Current high school seniors (or equivalent)
  • U.S. citizen as of the date of application
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.

Deadline: November 27

Full details


Individual Scholarship Listing:

Updated Sept 2017: over 350 scholarships offered by corporations, foundations, civic groups, etc. Download the list (Excel)


General Web Sites:


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

Black College Dollars 

Herbert Lehman Educational Fund

United Negro College Fund

Asian Students

Asian Pacific Fund  

Asian American and Pacific Islander

Canadian Students

Canadian Students - begin on pg 12 scholarships for use at any college

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


Spina Bifida Association

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

Wells Fargo Schlrshp for People with Disabilities

First Generation

Becas Univision

The Billings and Barrett First in Family Scholarship

Graduate Study

New, March! Law School


Hispanic Students

Becas Univision

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) 

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


Scholarship For At Risk Youth


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

Armed Forces Crossroads 


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  due 11/15 (for spring), 4/30 (for fall)

VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars 

Yellow Ribbon Program - Lake Forest participates as of 9/1/16

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) - opens November 16

Gilman Foundation

Grace Groner Scholarship

Institute of International Education  -  scholarships, fellowships, internships

Polish Descent

Polish American Congress

Polish Women’s Civic Club / Athletic Scholarship

From Top Ten Online Colleges - 25 Scholarships for Polish Students

Single Parent

New (5/1) TopProducts Single Mother Scholarship 

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

Illinois, (Chicago Public Schools)  -  Wentcher Foundation

Indiana Students  -  grant and scholarship programs

Maine Students  -  links to 16 scholarships

Rhode Island

Tennessee Students - application cycle begins mid-January

Washington Students  -  scholarship search

State-Specific Aid Programs  -  going2college.org  and 
    Nat’l Assoc of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP) 

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)

Educators for Fair Consideration (2015-16 list, sorted by due date)

Illinois Students  -  from the Illinois Dream Fund Commission  

Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund (’16-’17 version)

An undocumented student’s guide to college - IL

Private Scholarship Guide for undocumented students


New, June 2017 Affordable Colleges.com