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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.

Deadlines and other dates are assumed to be valid annually.

If you receive funds from a source other than the College, please notify our office. Such “outside scholarships” will normally reduce the amount your family pays or the loans you use. In some cases, it affects your loan or work-study eligibility. On rare occasions it affects a College need-based grant.

Upcoming Scholarship Pick(s):

  • Plansoen Family Scholarship
  • Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student  Nov 15;  $1000 - $12,500 per year
    • Current HS senior, enrolling as a full-time student, pursuing a four-year degree in the U.S.
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergrad Scholarship     Nov 18;  up to $55,000/yr
    • Current HS senior, intending to enroll full-time at a four-year college, fall 2022
    • Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
    • Demonstrate unmet financial need; family income up to $95,000
  • Dell Scholars Program   Dec 1;  $20,000 + laptop, $500 books, academic support (and more!) 
    • This program targets low-income, highly motivated students who are better than their numbers indicate and demonstrate the drive to succeed despite personal obstacles. Candidate will demonstrate a unique "GPA" of Grit, Potential, and Ambition in their quest for a college education
    • Participate in a program-approved college readiness program in grades 11 and 12
    • 2.4 GPA
    • Pell Grant-eligible  (complete FAFSA to determine eligibility)
  • The Little Bundle Supermom Scholarship  Dec 31;   $1000 - $2000
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Must be a single mother, child of a single mother, or closely impacted by a single mother
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergrad Transfer Scholarship   Jan 10;  up to $55,000/yr
    • Current student at accredited U.S. community college/2-yr institution
    • Sophomore status as of January 1, 2022, or a recent graduate (since spring 2017)
    • Plan to enroll in a full-time bachelor's program, fall of 2022
    • Demonstrate unmet financial need; family income up to $95,000
  • Taco Bell  Live Mas Scholarship  Jan 11;  two programs, $5,000 - $25,000
    • Must be a legal resident of the U.S., 16 - 26 years of age

General Websites

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

Special Categories / Web Sites:

Affordable Colleges Online and are not just for online schools...lists for many women, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and students with disabilities. Similarly, Purdue University has graciously shared this recource page, for similar student populations.

African American Students

Executive Leadership Council

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

Education Majors

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

Entrepreneurship Majors

James Rocco Quantitative Research Fellowship

LegalZoom Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship

Graduate Study

American Indian Graduate Center  -  including funds for GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT & PCAT exams

Dominican Bar Association

Law School


Hispanic Students

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) 

Dominican Bar Association (for law school)

Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship

Hispanic Scholarship Fund  -  opens January 1 each year;  mid-Feb deadline

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)   Nov 19 deadline

International Students

Institute of International Education


Scholarship search

Military Affiliation (general resource, various service branches)

Air Force - General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant 

American Legions (two sites)
   Auxiliary Scholarship Program  -  child, grandchild, great-grandchild of a veteran
   Legacy Scholarship Program  -  child of post-9/11 veteran who died on active duty, or is disabled

Amvets - Illinois   National


Coast Guard

Department of Education

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

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

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

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 IL; 1 app'n  >>  90 scholarships;  Open Dec 1 - Febr 1 (deadline)

Illinois Students - IL Assoc'n of College Admissions Counseling  (Jan 28, 2022 deadline)

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)

Golden Door

Immigrants Rising    Undergraduates   Graduates

Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund




Other Resources

About Scholarship Scams

Contact Financial Aid

Phone and Fax



Patterson Lodge, 2nd Floor
Middle Campus, Map


8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Jerry Cebrzynski
Associate Vice President for Financial Aid

Mark Anderson
Associate Director

Adriana Rodriguez
Associate Director for Financial Aid Operations

Si necesita hablar con alguien en español en la oficina de ayuda financiera, usted puede llamar a Adriana Rodriguez.