Groner Foundation

Groner Program

Grace knew she wanted to help improve the lives of young people, and the Trustees of the GEGF are implementing her wishes. Qualified Lake Forest College students may receive awards to pursue unique service-learning opportunities. 

In addition to funding service-learning programs, Grace also entrusted to the GEGF the cottage in which she lived.  The Trustees annually invite two senior women to reside there as Grace’s guests.  Finally, since Grace accrued her wealth through a pharmaceutical company, the Foundation may also assist a Lake Forest College graduate to attend Rosalind Franklin University’s College of Pharmacy.  All proposals must include a service component, continuing Grace’s commitment to service. 

Today, Lake Forest College students are receiving the benefits of her generous gift, a gift that will allow selected students to pursue their academic and career goals while serving others.  These students will go out into the world, as Grace would have intended: experienced and ready to explore the world around them and to service the people they meet along the way.  None of these opportunities would have been available had it not been for Grace Elizabeth Groner. 

Eligibility Requirements

1. Must be a second semester freshman or above.

2. Must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA for standard programs and a 3.5 cumulative GPA for Bridge Programs

3. Must be in good judicial standing and have no history of disciplinary action.

4. Must be 18 or older


Stage I

(It is advised that this process be initiated 6 weeks prior to the deadline.)  

  • Proposals must be discussed in person with the GEGF Director and must include the durations and description of the program and service. Note: Students applying for funding outside of the community, must have successfully completed a GEGF community program prior to application. 
  • Submit Advisor Recommendation Form and a Dean Recommendation Form.  
  • Students will receive an Application Checklist from the GEGF Director. 

The GEGF Director will notify the applicant when these documents have been received.  Please wait for notification before beginning Stage II. 

Stage II

Complete a Grace Elizabeth Groner Foundation Application Form (pdf).  

The following documents must accompany the GEGF Application Form:

  1. Unofficial transcript
  2. Resumé
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Academic recommendation letter
  5. Character recommendation letter 

The student’s application is complete when all eligibility requirements have been met and all necessary application materials have been submitted to the GEGF by the deadline.

Accepted students must meet with the GEGF Director within 72 hours of receiving an acceptance letter to sign all necessary documents, listed below: 

  1. Waiver of Liability
  2. Code of Conduct
  3. Award Regulations
  4. Medical History 
  5. Groner Consent Form 


Completed applications must be submitted by March 1st for participation in summer and fall semesters and October 1st for spring semester. 

Completed applications must be personally submitted to the GEGF Director. 

Students must be available for additional interviews with the GEGF.


Recipients will be required to complete weekly summaries, including photographs throughout the duration of the program.  Summaries and photographs must be e-mailed by 10pm on Sunday evenings to GEGF Director, Elizabeth Bulley at  

Recipients will be required to turn in a reflection essay by the last day of class or within seventy-two hours after the completion of a summer program.  Reflections should be emailed to Elizabeth Bulley at

Recipients will be required to attend all mandatory GEGF events. 

Grace Elizabeth Groner Foundation funds are not transferable from project to project.  Each proposal submitted to the Foundation is considered on its own merit.  Any student or professor with a Grace Elizabeth Groner Foundation award must use it for the stated purpose. If the stated purpose fails to occur for any reason the award lapses.

If, for any reason, a student fails to begin and successfully complete a service-learning opportunity, the student will be ineligible for further participation in GEGF sponsored programs.

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