SAGE Scholars Educational Foundation Awards $100,000 In Scholarships

By SAGE Scholars — August 22, 2022

As we wrap up this year’s scholarship essay contest, we’d like to extend a huge congratulations to all who applied and received an award. Amidst a pandemic and many life changes, hundreds of SAGE Scholars students took the time to submit compelling and thought-provoking essays. Your efforts do not go unnoticed, and we are inspired by your commitment to pursue advanced education.


This year, the SAGE Scholars Educational Foundation proudly awarded $100,000 in scholarships to SAGE Scholars High School Seniors who participated in the fourth annual Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship Essay Competition. Three of these students stood out for the top prize and earned a $5,000 Legend Scholarship.


Damian Tobias received the Father Tom Schaffer Scholarship exemplifying community service and building. In the Fall, he will attend Saint Francis University. On learning of his award, Tobias family says, “what an amazing honor to have received such a prestigious scholarship. We are deeply appreciative of your support and generosity.“


Birkie Hughes received the Bruce Bedford scholarship exemplifying a passion for learning, curiosity, and innovation. Birkie‚Äôs essay stood out for its intentionality in “want[ing] to work in the medical field because it will continue to challenge me, excite me, and leave room for continuous growth.” On learning of this award Birkie’s family expressed gratitude for the investment in her future. She will attend Mississippi College in the Fall.


Sebastain Leslie received the Michael Midlam Scholarship for leadership and entrepreneurial qualities. Sebastian’s heartfelt essay talked about his family and community effort to send him to private school to accommodate his learning needs. An aspiring dentist, Sebastian spoke about the high-quality private education as a gateway to his future success. In the Fall, Sebastian will attend Lynn University.


The Educational Foundation named our 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 Graduate School of Education (GSE) Alumni Educator of the Year at the University of Pennsylvania.


The SAGE Scholars Educational Foundation in 2019 pledged $1,000,000 in scholarship funds to further support SAGE Scholars’ mission - making higher education more affordable. 2022 marks the fourth year of the annual Dr. James B. Johnston scholarship essay competition. As we wrap up another successful contest cycle, we wish all of our SAGE Scholars students the best of luck as they matriculate into their new institutions. Now and in the future, SAGE Scholars will be there every step of the way.