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Corporate Connections is a joint venture between The Sage Colleges and many generous corporate partners located both in the Capital Region and across the Country. The mission of the Corporate Connections Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to students approaching their final years of study in the form of named annual scholarships valued at $1,000 per student. Eligible students must be enrolled on a full-time basis, must have demonstrated financial need (as determined by Sage’s Financial Aid Office), must have at least a 3.0 GPA (i.e., a “B” average or better), and must be from the Greater Capital Region.

Need for Funding:

The Corporate Connections Scholarship Program has provided financial assistance to over 1,000 local Sage students, amounting to over $1 million in total scholarship award money. The students who receive these scholarships are among those from the Capital Region with the highest financial need. Given the economic challenges facing these students and their families as they attempt to afford the cost of a college education, it is necessary for them to receive scholarship support from multiple resources. Contributions from Capital Region businesses and companies play a critically important role in Sage’s ability to help these students earn their college degrees.

Download a printable Corporate Connections Scholarship pledge/gift form, and return by mail or fax.

How will the Funding Benefit the Quality of Life in the Community:

The Sage Colleges’ graduates are employed everywhere throughout the Capital Region as educators, health care professionals, engineers, business owners and executives, lawyers, public officials, and more. The Corporate Connections Scholarship Program directly supports academically qualified Sage students who have financial need, helping them to complete their college education and ultimately become influential to the success of the Capital Region economy.

How the Program Succeeds:

The Corporate Connections Scholarship Program operates collaboratively between The Sage Colleges’ Office of Institutional Advancement and a committee of business leaders from the Greater Capital Region. This committee includes individuals representing an array of industries and professions. In order to increase the number of Corporate Connections scholarships and enhance the relationship with Capital Region businesses and foundations, The Sage Colleges works with the committee to maximize visibility of, solicitations for, and participation in Corporate Connections scholarships. For the 2016 academic year, Corporate Connections presented a total 115 scholarships (up from 104 the previous year) to outstanding students from the Capital Region. The program enjoyed its 4th consecutive record breaking year, which saw the addition of 25 new corporate and foundation partners, and a growth of 100% since 2012. Additionally, the program’s retention rate is near 90%, as area companies see the direct impact their participation has on the lives of college students living and working in our Capital Region community.

Benefits for Corporate Connections Donors:

  • An annual scholarship in your company’s name (tax deductible)
  • Differed tuition payment for companies who offer tuition reimbursement to employees (your employees do not have to pay out of pocket and then be reimbursed)
  • Opportunities for intern and professional recruitment
  • Admission to the Capital Region Career Expo and access to Sage events both on and off campus
  • Introduction to area business leaders and executives
  • Increased visibility both locally and nationally
  • Prominent recognition in the Times Union, Sage’s alumni publications (magazines distributed to 25,000+ alumni and friends) and on the Sage website, including a link to your companies’ webpage
  • Acknowledgement at our Corporate Connections Scholarship Reception, at which donors have the opportunity to meet and connect with their scholarship recipients, and our Distinguished Donor Reception, in which you have the opportunity to network with other local business leaders
  • Leadership Community Impact of helping local students complete their college education

Learn more about our 2016-2017 Corporate Connections Sponsors!