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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
- 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
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
Individual Scholarship Listing:
Updated Sept 2017: over 350 scholarships offered by corporations, foundations, civic groups, etc. Download the list (Excel)
General Web Sites:
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
- FastWeb - scholarship search, see also: Tips to Winning Schlrshps
- Financial Aid Page - scholarship searches and other resources
- GoodCall.com - multiple “search by” options, including level of application difficulty, level of competition, etc.
- Horatio Alger Association - browse scholarships by your home state
- Kaarme.com - browse scholarships by category
- OnlineColleges.net - a long list of scholarships for minority students, though not limited to those enrolled at online institutions
- Peterson’s - scholarship search
- Sallie Mae’s College Answer - new scholarship search
- Scholarship Experts.com - scholarship search
- Scholarships.com - scholarship search
- Through the Looking Glass (students/families w/disabilities)
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
Canadian Students - begin on pg 12 scholarships for use at any college
Disabilities & Medical Conditions
Through the Looking Glass (students with disabilities, and students whose parent has a disability)
New, March! Law School
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
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
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
Military Officers Association of America - Veterans, family members
VFW’s Sport Clips Help a Hero due 11/15 (for spring), 4/30 (for fall)
Yellow Ribbon Program - Lake Forest participates as of 9/1/16
Native American Scholarships
Resource: Tracing your American Indian Ancestry
AIFS (American Institute For Foreign Study)
Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) - opens November 16
Institute of International Education - scholarships, fellowships, internships
From Top Ten Online Colleges - 25 Scholarships for Polish Students
New (5/1) TopProducts Single Mother Scholarship
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
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)
Community College students - Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
Oakton Community College students - Wentcher Scholarship
Phi Theta Kappa members - various awards, criteria, deadlines
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)
New, June 2017 Affordable Colleges.com