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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):

  • BBB Chicago Educational Foundation College Scholarship    March 30;  four awards of $2500 each

    • Open to HS seniors and current college students from Illinois
    • Must be a resident of one of the following Illinois counties: Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, JoDavies, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago
    • As of March 18, fewer than ten applications have been submitted

  • The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis    April 15  

    The provides approximately 500 students each year with renewable interest-free loans and grants for postsecondary education.
    Applicants are selected on the basis of academic potential (minimum 2.0 GPA), personal character, and  significant financial need.  Specific Missouri and Illinois counties surrounding St. Louis (see application). Additional requirements may apply.

    • Dennis De La Rosa Scholarship    April 1;  $3000
      • Undocumented student (DACA not required)
      • Currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program
      • 3.0 unweighted GPA or above
      • Demonstrated leadership 
    • Leon Bradley Scholarship    May 31;  $3500

      This scholarship was established to encourage minorities or persons of color to enter the field of teaching and school leadership. To qualify, you must be in the final year of completing certification requirements (including student teaching), have an overall  GPA  of 3.0  or  better, and be a minority  or  person of  color.

    • The Leanbean Clean Athletic Performance Scholarship  March 31;  $1500

      The Scholarship will be awarded to the one who best expresses their thoughts on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport. It is open to all students within the United States, including undergraduate, graduate students and incoming freshmen.
      In the last two years, there were fewer than 25 applications, which makes your chances of winning very good!

    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

    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

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    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.