Groner Grant 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 grants to pursue unique service-learning opportunities. 

In addition to funding such 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 of the programs applying for funding through the GEGF 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, the “secret millionaire.” 

Eligibility Requirements

1. Must be a second semester freshman, sophomore, junior or senior at the time of application. 

2. Must have a 3.00 GPA at the time of application and maintain it until the end of participation. 

3. Must be in good judicial standing and have no history of any judicial problems or unlawful acts.        

4. Must demonstrate merit through character and commitment to Lake Forest College and the community. 

5. Must be accepted by a Grace Elizabeth Groner Foundation approved study program, internship and MUST include a service component.  

6. For students applying for national or international service-learning opportunities, a prior local service-learning opportunity supported by the GEGF must have been successfully completed.


TO APPLY: Download and complete a Grace Elizabeth Groner Grant Application (pdf).  Submit it, in person, by the deadlines listed below.

Applicants will be required to provide a copy of a Lake Forest College transcript printed directly from my.lakeforest.  The transcript should accompany the application.  

A writing sample and resume must accompany the application.  The writing sample can be any written work that has been submitted for a course or that has been written for personal purposes.  

Additionally, students will be required to submit an Advisor Recommendation Form and a Dean Recommendation Form.  

Each applicant will be required to obtain two additional recommendations, an academic and a character recommendation.   The academic recommendation should be from a faculty member and the character recommendation should be from a coach, club sponsor, or any other person who can attest to the character of the applicant. 

Upon submitting the application, students will be required to sign a release form authorizing the Grace Elizabeth Groner Foundation to request judicial records. 

If the grant application is for a service-learning opportunity that is 20 miles or more from campus, an itemized budget must be submitted with the accompanying application materials.  


April 1st for summer and fall semesters.  October 1st for spring semester.  

Submit all applications, in person, to Daniela Resendiz at the Grace Elizabeth Groner Foundation office in Stuart Commons on Middle Campus.  

Accepted students must meet with Daniela Resendiz to sign all necessary documents within 48 hours after acceptance notification. 


Recipients will be required to complete weekly summaries, including photographs, of their experiences throughout the duration of the program.  Summaries and photographs must be e-mailed by Sunday evenings to Daniela Resendiz at  

Recipients will be required to turn in a reflection essay by the last day of class to Daniela Resendiz at the Grace Elizabeth Groner Foundation office in Stuart Commons on Middle Campus or at  For summer programs, reflection essays should be submitted within seventy-two hours after the completion of the program. 

Recipients will be required to attend the Fall Cookout and the Spring Pizza Party.  These events provide Groner Recipients with the opportunity to meet the Foundation Trustees and other Groner Recipients.  

Recipients will be expected to attend “Lunch with Speakers” seminars and other selected events which will be held on campus throughout the academic year.  

If, for any reason, a selected Groner Recipient does NOT participate in the service-learning opportunity or fails to remain in good academic and judicial standing, the Groner Grant will be withdrawn and any funds already paid must be reimbursed.  Furthermore, the student will no longer be considered a Groner Recipient and upon commencement the student will not become one of Grace’s Fellows.

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 grant must use it for the stated purpose. If the stated purpose fails to occur for any reason the grant 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 the program.

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