Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

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Grayslake Colts Scholarship - The Grayslake Colts Football and Cheer organization is proud to offer football and cheer participation scholarships to both Grayslake high schools (District 127). These scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, will be awarded to one football and one cheer team member at each school. Current seniors (class of 2024) at Grayslake Central or Grayslake North that will be continuing their education at a college or university in the fall of 2024, and meet the criteria are encouraged to apply. Deadline 4/5/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Grayslake Lions Club - Lion Jim "Chief" Rockenbach Scholarship. One $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Grayslake North High School senior who has a either a vision or hearing impairment who plans to pursue a two or four-year degree, a professional or trade certification for which tuition is required OR a GNHS senior student who plans to pursue a teaching degree and be certified in special education with an emphasis on the instruction of the vision or hearing impaired OR has demonstrated a commitment to community service. Deadline 4/5/24 Scholarship Application

Grayslake Lions Club - Lion Jim Rockwell Scholarship. $2000 for a student seeking a career as an attorney, career in criminal justice or public service in a government related career. Deadline 4/5/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

GNHS Athletic Boosters - The Grayslake North High School Athletic Booster Club is pleased to announce the availability of a minimum of four $1000 Scholarships to four Grayslake North athletes. These scholarships are one-time grants, designated to assist student athletes pursuing further education. The scholarships are intended to recognize outstanding graduating athletes of Grayslake North High School. Deadline 4/5/24   SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

For Samantha Inc. Scholarship - For Samantha Inc. was formed to honor the life of our beloved Samantha Spano who lost her life to suicide in March of 2017. A limited number of scholarships will be presented to graduating high school seniors who exemplify outstanding character, based on the information submitted in this application including character recommendations. Deadline 4/1/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Dream Big Scholarship $500 scholarship will be awarded to a North student who dreams of having their own business or will be majoring in Business. Deadline 4/1/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

The Butterfly Effect of Maddox J. LoPriore $1000 scholarship Deadline 4/5/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Grayslake Rotary Club Scholarship - $1000 for one Grayslake North and one Grayslake Central student. Deadline 3/31/24 SCHOLARSHIP LINK

Millburn Federation of Teachers (MFT) Scholarship The Millburn Federation of Teachers has established a one-time $1000 college scholarship available to a Millburn graduate who has been accepted into a college program. Deadline 3/31/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Lake County Federation of Teachers Joe Hutten Scholarship Must intend or attend an Illinois Public Higher Education Institution $2000 award. Deadline 4/4/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION


The Grayslake Area Chamber of Commerce will be awarding 6 -$2,000 scholarships to worthy students. The scholarships are available to students who attend either Grayslake Central or Grayslake North High School. Deadline 4/15/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

The Vine of Grayslake Scholarship $500
For graduating seniors in the Class of 2024 who will be attending the College of Lake County and entering the vocational field of study of the Culinary Arts. Deadline is Friday, April 12, 2024. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION The largest collection of scholarships on the web!

Ellevation Scholarship: Ellevation will be awarding ten $2,000 scholarships to deserving EL high school seniors who are continuing on to higher education. This year, scholarships will be awarded directly to students over the summer to be used to offset the cost of tuition or additional transitional costs from higher education including purchasing technology, textbooks and supplies, transportation and dorm items, and more. Deadline 5/12/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Lake Villa Township Lions Club Scholarship - $1000 Deadline April 5, SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

State Bank of the Lakes Scholarship - Our scholarship is $2000 paid out in yearly increments of $500/year to a 4-year institution. Deadline 4/1/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

NISE Founder's Scholarship - The NISE Founder’s Scholarships are merit-based and awarded to two graduating seniors who are attending college in a STEM-related field in the Fall of 2024. Criteria for eligibility also include completion of at least three years each of high school or dual credit math and science, and participation in at least one STEM-based extracurricular activity. This year, we are offering two (2) NISE Founder’s Scholarships for $750 each. Deadline 4/10/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

NISE Director's Scholarship - The NISE Director’s Scholarship is also a merit-based scholarship and is awarded to one senior who is entering a certified science teaching program in the Fall of 2023 with the intent to earn their science teaching license (for any K-12 grades). Eligibility also included the completion of at least three years of high school or dual credit science. This year, we are offering one NISE Director’s Scholarship for $750. Deadline 4/10/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Palumbo Family Foundation Scholarships - This Foundation offers SEVERAL scholarships. Scholarships are open to all high school seniors, students with GED diplomas, undergraduate (2 yr or 4 yr) college students, and students at vocational or trade schools who meet the program requirements. Deadline 3/31/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Grayslake Greenery Garden Club - Supplies financial aid to students for their study of horticulture and environmental field. The areas of study need to be in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Plant Pathology, Forestry, Agronomy, and Environmental studies. Applicants must be majoring in one of these fields of study. Deadline extended to 4/5/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

GYBA Baseball Scholarship - Awarded to senior varsity softball and baseball players. $2500. Deadline 4/19/24. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

The Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is awarding FIVE $500 SCHOLARSHIPS to high school seniors. Deadline 4/7/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

The Morgan Jayne Hill Scholarship is an annual competition for Illinois high school seniors that is aimed at bringing awareness about Illinois’ Safe Haven Law. $1000 or $500 scholarships available. Enter with essay contest, or art contest. Deadline 4/1/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION


FOP 2023-2024: Two (possibly three) $2,000 scholarships available for students at GCHS, GNHS and/or Westlake. Due 4/5/24 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

GEA (Grayslake Education Association)
$500 Scholarship. Deadline 3/29/24 - Click here for application

Golden Apple Scholars of IL
The Golden Apple Scholars Program in Illinois is a teacher preparation and tuition assistance program for high school seniors and freshman and sophomore Illinois college students who have the determination and drive to be highly effective teachers in Illinois schools-of-need. We prepare aspiring teachers for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.

Scholars Receive:
-Up to $23,000 in total financial assistance for college, inclusive of paid Scholar Institutes
-Extensive classroom teaching experience
-Academic and social-emotional support
-Job placement assistance
-Mentoring from our award-winning teaching faculty The deadline to apply is April 1, 2024.- Click here for application

CBAI Foundation for Community Banking
Deadline 3/1/24 - The prize awarded to the overall winner is $1000 per year for up to 4 years of higher education, with up to 11 additional $1000 awards, and 12 second place $500 awards. Please see our Assistants in the Counseling office (Mrs. Obenauf or Mrs. Wilkinson) to receive paperwork and information on applying


Opening in December - DO NOT DELAY filling out this application.  Illinois can run out of grant or MAP funds so your chances are better the earlier you apply.  FAFSA is also mandatory for graduation - you will either need to fill out the FAFSA application or the non-participation waiver.


Click HERE for the FAFSA application website.

Click HERE for the FAFSA alternative application and related information.

Click HERE for the FAFSA non-participation form/waiver. 

Creating your FSA ID

Click HERE for the FSA ID website.  Do this BEFORE October 1st - it will save time.

With FAFSA opening up in December, where can I find some information regarding all of that?
FAFSA,  Apply for Aid - YouTube Video
 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA
 FAFSA Quick Intro Sheet

Click HERE for ISAC assisted free online application completion workshop opportunities.

MORE Helpful Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid Need Based Guide (AIM High Programs) - If you are attending one of Illinois’ 12 public four-year institutions and meet the program eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to receive an award through the Aspirational Institutional Match Helping Illinois Grow Higher Education (AIM HIGH) Grant Pilot Program. 

GNHS Financial Aid Guide - detailed guide for FAFSA and other possible aid resources


Sallie Mae - Paying for College Resource

U.S. Department of Education