Academic Merit Scholarships
Sage awards merit scholarships to its most academically competitive applicants ranging from $4,000 to $15,000 a year. When you apply for admission to Sage you are automatically considered for merit scholarship; there is no additional application. Awards are renewable, provided the student remains in good academic standing and full time status (Note: Students can receive only one merit-based award from Sage) They include the following:
- Academic Merit Scholarships for First Year Students
- Academic Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students
- Garden State Scholarships
Academic Merit Scholarships for First Year Students
Academic-based merit scholarships are available to students who have demonstrated superior academic performance during their entire high school career. There are no set of “numbers” (GPA, class rank) that guarantee a scholarship or scholarship amount. Students who have taken a rigorous program of study during their high school career – will be considered for these awards. The scholarship committee recalculates the student’s GPA using the core subject areas which include English, Math, History/Social Studies, Science and Foreign Language. All scholarships are renewable for four years provided students meet the necessary GPA requirements.
There are Three Scholarship Levels:
|Academic Merit Scholarships||Amount
|Deans Excellence Scholarship||$5,000|
Merit scholarships are made at the discretion of the scholarship committee. General eligibility requirements listed do not guarantee admission or academic merit scholarship.
Students will automatically be considered for a Merit Scholarship upon acceptance to Sage. No more than one merit scholarship will be awarded to each student.
Students who reside and will graduate from a high school in New Jersey will be awarded a Garden State Scholarship of equal value in lieu of the Merit Scholarship. All Merit Scholarships are renewable.
Financial need is not required to be eligible for merit scholarships.
Academic Merit Scholarships for Transfer Students
Each year Sage awards merit-based scholarships to academically talented transfer students. The Sage Transfer Scholarships are granted upon the recommendation of the Admission Review Committee to transfer students who have excelled at the college(s) from which they are transferring. The scholarships are renewable annually, provided the student maintains full time status and remains in good academic standing. They range from $4,000-$12,000 annually.
Transfer students who reside in New Jersey will be awarded the Garden State Scholarship of equal value in lieu of the Merit Scholarship.
Financial Need is not required to be eligible for merit scholarships
Garden State Scholarship
A limited number of scholarships are offered each year to students who live locally and attend Sage. No more than one merit award will be awarded to each student.
- The award is given for four years of full-time undergraduate studies at Sage.
- Garden State Scholars are based on academic merit and students must reside in New Jersey.
The Sage Colleges Alumnae/Alumni Award is valued at $2,000/year, is given to first-time, full-time freshmen or transfer students (accepted to Russell Sage College or Sage College of Albany) whose parents or grandparents graduated from one of The Sage Colleges. This award is renewable for up to 3 additional years provided that the student remains in good academic standing and maintains full-time status. (Total possible award $4,000)
Students who enter Russell Sage College that are 25 or older are eligible to receive the Upton Scholarships of $3000. This scholarship is renewable as long as the student maintains full time status and remains in good academic standing This scholarship can be combined with other merit scholarships.
Opalka Family Scholarship
This Scholarship is annually funded by Trustee Chet Opalka and Karen Opalka for RSC elementary education and SCA art students entering Sage that have graduated from Averill Park High School