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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, pleasenotify 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 rareoccasions it affects a College need-based grant.

Upcoming Scholarship Pick(s):

  • The Gates Scholarship   Sept 15;  300 awards each year, covers all college costs 

    • Open to HS seniors in the top 10% of their class
    • Must be a Pell Grant recipient
    • Must be African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American or Native-American
    • See website for other requirements 
  • Chik-fil-A   October 27,   $1000 - $25,000  
    • Be an employee at a franchised, company-owned / affiliated Chick-fil-A restaurant
    • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or 3.0 (varies by scholarship)
  • Scholarship America Dream Award    October 15;  $5000 - $15,000
    • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or DACA status, 17 yrs of age or older
    • minimum  3.0  GPA
    • show financial need
    • see web site for complete requirements
  • Veteran's United Foundation    October 31;  up to ten awards of $5000 each
    • Applicant must be a veteran with 100% service-connected disability  or  the surviving spouse or child of a deceased service member. 

    • see website for additional requirements
  • Hertz Foundation Grad Fellowship  October 28;  full-tuition; $34,000 + childcare stipend

    Must be college seniors, first-year graduate students, or individuals in a gap year preparing to apply to graduate school, who intend to pursue a PhD in the applied physical and biological sciences, mathematics, or engineering. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. All applicants make a moral commitment to make their skills available to the U.S. in times of national emergency.

  • Jack Kent-Cooke Scholarship,   November 17,  up to $55,000 per year, renewable
    • Graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2023  (U.S. citizenship not required)
    • Intend to enroll full time in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2023
    • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
    • Demonstrate unmet financial need; family annual gross income up to $95,000
  • Golden Apple Scholarship,   up to $2,500 freshman/sophomore;  up to $5,000 junior/senior.
    • Scholars receive up to $23,000 (over four years) in total financial assistance, extensive classroom teaching experience, academic and social-emotional support, job placement assistance, mentoring from our award-winning teaching faculty

    • U.S. citizen, eligible non-citizen or DACAmented student and resident of Illinois

    • be enrolled in a postsecondary course of study leading to initial teacher licensure 

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.

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

The Gates 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

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  

Off-Campus Study

AIFS (American Institute For Foreign Study)

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)  

Gilman Foundation

Institute of International Education -  scholarships, fellowships, internships

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

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
VA Certifying Official

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