Pathway Scholars: Environmental Studies - Lake Forest College

What is it?

Oakton students who seek to major in environmental studies and have completed their associate of arts degree or 60 transferable semester hours are eligible for the Pathway Scholars: Environmental Studies program.


  • Admitted students will receive a guaranteed $20,000 or $25,000 scholarship.*
  • Pre-advising during your time at Oakton by Lake Forest College faculty on course selection.
  • Advising from our Career Advancement Center staff on internships, and career opportunities.
  • Early registration for classes during the initial registration period.
  • Students earning a 3.6 GPA or higher in their first semester will have the option of selecting a fifth course for free in the second semester.
  • Pathway Scholar recognition on their Lake Forest College transcript.


If a student is admitted to the Pathway Scholars program, an additional admission application is not needed at the time of transfer.

Students should discuss the pursuit of this Transfer Pathway to Lake Forest College for the Bachelors of Enviromental Science, while they are in the first year of their coursework in order to help them plan for transfer. 

Participation Details

This program is a transfer program with guaranteed admission for accepted students. No additional application is required. Students must meet a prescribed curriculum (please see transfer guide) and have a minimum 3.25 GPA for consideration.

Pathway Scholar Programs at Lake Forest College

*Please note that eligible Phi Theta Kappa students will receive the $25,000 Phi Theta Kappa scholarship and the special Pathway designation and benefits listed below for either the Pathway Environmental Studies, or the Pathway Humanities, or Pathway Business scholarships. The maximum amount of merit-based scholarship is $25,000.

**Students will be evaluated at the end of every academic year at the College. Pathway Scholars are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor


Lake Forest
Melissa Naughton
Director of Transfer Admissions

Oakton Academic Advising

Des Plaines campus
1600 E. Golf Road, Room 1861

Skokie campus
7701 N. Lincoln Ave., Room A100

Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The College is closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer (late May through mid-August.)