Academic Merit Scholarships

Sage awards merit scholarships to its most academically competitive applicants ranging from $4,000 to $18,000 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-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 up to four years, provided the student maintains full-time status and remains in good academic standing.  First time Freshman scholarships range from $5,000 to $18,000 annually.

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.

Financial need is not required to be eligible for merit scholarships.

Conditions of Institutional Financial Aid:

New students entering as a First Time Freshman:

  • Sage Merit Scholarships for first time freshman students are given for a maximum of 8 terms of full-time study (fall, spring).
  • Sage Need-based Grants for first time freshman students are given for a maximum of 8 terms of full-time study (fall, spring).
  • To qualify:
    • Students must be registered for a minimum of 12 required credits per term (fall, spring).
    • Completion of 15 credits per term or 30 credits per year is recommended to graduate in four years.
    • The Sage Grant is need based and is calculated based on current FAFSA data, the cost of attendance and other aid received.  This grant can fluctuate each year as the above data elements change.

Additional Notes:

  • “Required credits” is defined as courses or credits required for degree completion.
  • Endowed Scholarships – specific eligibility criteria applies.  Students cannot apply for these scholarships.  They are awarded by the assigning department or the financial aid office.

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.Financial Need is not required to be eligible for merit scholarships.

Conditions of Institutional Financial Aid:

New students entering as a Transfer student (with credits from a previous institution):

  • Sage Merit Scholarships for transfer students completing their first bachelor’s degree are given for a maximum of 6 terms of full-time study (fall, spring).
  • Sage Need-based Grants for transfer students completing their first bachelor’s degree are given for a maximum of 6 terms of full-time terms (fall, spring).
  • To qualify:
    • Students must be registered for a minimum of 12 required credits per term (fall, spring).
    • Completion of 15 credits per term or 30 credits per year recommended.
    • The Sage Grant is need based and is calculated based on current FAFSA data, the cost of attendance and other aid received.  This grant can fluctuate each year as the above data elements change.

Additional Notes:

  • Students seeking a 2nd Bachelor’s degree have additional criteria to meet and are limited in the amount of institutional aid awarded by the college.  They should speak with a financial aid representative if they have questions
  • Students seeking a 2nd bachelor’s degree from The Sage Colleges have additional limits to their funding, since they may have previously received up to 8 semesters of aid from the college.
  • “Required credits” is defined as courses or credits required for degree completion.
  • Endowed Scholarships – specific eligibility criteria applies.  Students cannot apply for these scholarships.  They are awarded by the assigning department or the financial aid office.

Garden State Scholarship

The Garden State Scholarship is awarded each year to undergraduate students of Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany that are residents of New Jersey.

Scholarship amounts range from $1000-$5000 annually and are available to first time freshman for up to 4 years and up to 3 years for transfer students.  Students must maintain full time status and remain in good academic standing to be eligible for their award each year.

All students that receive the Garden State Scholarship are required to send a thank you letter to the donor.  Information and instructions regarding the thank you letter will be sent to the student through their Sage email address.

Specialty Scholarships

Alumnae/i Award

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 for first time Freshmen or up to 2 additional years for Transfer students.  Students must remain in good academic standing and maintain full-time status to receive the award.

Upton Scholarship

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