Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship

SAGE Scholars Educational Foundation’s annual Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship Essay Competition offers hard dollar scholarships to SAGE Scholars students who submit winning essays and attend a member college or university after graduation.

Fourth Annual Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship Essay Competition

The SAGE Scholars Educational Foundation is delighted to announce the start of our fourth annual Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship Essay Competition. This year SAGE Scholars Educational Foundation is providing $100,000 in scholarships, with a maximum award of $5,000, to SAGE Scholars High School Seniors who submit a winning essay and will attend a member college or university after graduation. Login to your Tuition Rewards account to view information about this year’s scholarship program and how you can apply. The scholarship submission opens on February 15th, 2022, and will close on May 15th, 2022.

Essay Competition Details

The Educational Foundation named this scholarship after SAGE Scholars founder and president, Dr. James B. Johnston. A visionary leader in higher education, Dr. Johnston works closely with the leaders of private collegiate institutions to make their values-oriented educational programs more available and more affordable to families and their children. Dr. Johnston is the former Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Wharton Graduate School and the 2020 Alumni Educator of the Year at the University of Pennsylvania.

For 2022, Dr. Johnston created two essay questions students can choose from:

  1. Why did you choose a SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards member college or university?
  2. Has the coronavirus pandemic impacted your choice of college or university? If so, how?

Submitted essays should be approximately 500 words in length and must be written by the student to be considered.

Only SAGE Scholars students attending a member college or university are eligible for a Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship. Students will have from May 15th to July 15th to submit proof enrollment at a member college or university. On August 1st, SAGE Scholars will announce scholarship winners. All scholarship winners will receive their scholarship check by the end of August.

Good luck! We look forward to reading your essay.


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