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SAGE Scholars Monthly Newsletter | April 2022

Fourth Annual Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship Essay Competition

Fourth Annual Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship Essay Competition

Calling all SAGE Scholars High School Seniors - Apply now for an opportunity to earn a $5,000 Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship!

The fourth annual Dr. James B. Johnston Scholarship Essay Competition entry period closes on May 15th, 2022. Be sure not to miss out on this chance to win a hard dollar scholarship of up to $5,000! This year SAGE Scholars has committed to 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. Login to your Tuition Rewards account to view information about this year's scholarship program and how you can apply.

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Davis & Elkins Adding Accelerated BSN Program with State Nursing Workforce Grant

Davis & Elkins Adding Accelerated BSN Program with State Nursing Workforce Grant

Davis & Elkins College has been awarded a $980,950 grant from West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's Nursing Workforce Expansion Program to prepare nurses to meet the future health care needs in the Mountain State. One of the largest grant awards in the history of the College, the funds will be used to recruit, retain and graduate high-quality nurses through a new accelerated three-year Bachelor of Science in nursing program.

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RIT to create a School of Performing Arts

RIT to create a School of Performing Arts

Rochester Institute of Technology-one of the top universities in the nation working at the intersection of technology, the arts, and design-is creating a School of Performing Arts to offer additional creative opportunities for thousands of students who wish to pursue their passions in performance while majoring in a range of other fields. The new school will be housed within RIT's College of Liberal Arts beginning July 1, and a national search is underway for a director. In addition to the faculty and staff already involved in performing arts at RIT, new hires will join the effort as the university expands its dynamic and multidimensional "performing arts ecosystem." Read More

High Point University Announces $400 Million Expansion With Four New Academic Schools, Including A Law School

High Point University Announces $400 Million Expansion With Four New Academic Schools, Including A Law School

After receiving three historic gifts totaling $100 million from three families in the last 30 days, High Point University President Nido Qubein announced today a $400 million academic expansion to be completed by the end of the 2024-2025 academic year, HPU's Centennial Anniversary. The gifts will specifically support a new School of Law and facility, a new 150,000-square-foot library, and a new facility for HPU's School of Dental Medicine, and Oral Health. Read More

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SAGE Scholars Member Colleges Among Nations Top Study Abroad Schools

Studying abroad is a formative part of the college experience that expands students' worldview and creates lifelong memories. Across the country, our SAGE Scholars member institutions open opportunities for these new experiences and all the considerations that accompany a semester abroad. We've put together some considerations to make when comparing study abroad programs and reasons why studying abroad really maximizes your college experience. Read More

Ten Minute Professor - During Your College Visit, Ask These 8 Questions

Visiting the colleges you are interested in is an important step in the college selection process. While on campus you will have a better opportunity to consider the size of the institution, its location, the academic offerings, and available majors. We have put together 8 key questions to consider during your college visit. Read More

Concordia University, Nebraska and Creighton University partner to offer dual degree 3 + 1 in biology and nursing

Concordia University, Nebraska and Creighton University partner to offer dual degree 3 + 1 in biology and nursing

Concordia University, Nebraska and Creighton University have partnered to provide students an opportunity to receive both a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and an accelerated Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (ABSN) while still finishing their college programs in a total of four years.

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Saint Elizabeth University Among Top Employment Earnings for Graduates in New Jersey

Saint Elizabeth University Among Top Employment Earnings for Graduates in New Jersey

Saint Elizabeth University (SEU) is among the top universities in the state of New Jersey in terms of employment earnings and outcomes for graduates, according to a new study released by the New Jersey Education to Earnings Data System (NJEEDS). "The data from the NJEEDS research underscores the value of a Saint Elizabeth University degree. Now more than ever, students and their families expect a return on their educational investment. I am proud that we are highly ranked in metrics that demonstrate a real impact on students, their families and the state," said Gary B. Crosby, Ph.D., president of Saint Elizabeth University. Read More

Never Too Early to Start: St. Lawrence's Sophomore Boot Camp 2022

Never Too Early to Start: St. Lawrence's Sophomore Boot Camp 2022

At St. Lawrence, faculty, staff, and alumni use a common refrain when talking with current students about preparing for a rewarding career - "it's never too early to start." The Sophomore Career Boot Camp, offered through the CareerConnections office, is just one initiative that supports this philosophy. "There are a number of benefits to doing a program like this during students' sophomore year," says director of Career Connections Geoff Falen. "This experience helps students gain clarity on their academic and career interests, introduces them to professional development activities earlier so they can continue to develop throughout their time at St. Lawrence, and develops skills in networking and self-presentation that will benefit them as they continue to engage with the Laurentian Community." Read More

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10th Grade College Preparation Timeline

As a tenth grader, preparing more intentionally in the early half of your high school education can help alleviate stress in the future and increase your chances of admission to your top choice school. In this article we're offering some helpful tips and tricks to ensure you don't miss any necessary steps when preparing for college. Read More

11th Grade College Preparation Timeline

In the world of college preparation, eleventh grade is a pivotal year. Knocking this year out of the park can alleviate stress in the future and increase your chances of admission to your top choice school. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to ensure you don’t miss any necessary steps during this pivotal year in the college preparation process. Read More

Canisius College & University of Buffalo School of Social Work Announce Accelerated Degree Program

Canisius College & University of Buffalo School of Social Work Announce Accelerated Degree Program

Highly motivated Canisius College students, who want to build on their undergraduate education with top-notch social work training, will be able to accelerate their course of study by completing both their BA or BS in psychology and the MSW in approximately five years under a new agreement between Canisius College and the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Read More

Malone University Launches New Accelerated Program In Psychology And Counseling

Malone University Launches New Accelerated Program In Psychology And Counseling

Malone University is launching a new academic program that will allow students to earn both a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling in an accelerated time frame. The program is designed for students who are interested in the field of psychology and provides a pathway for students to obtain eligibility forlicensure as a clinical mental health counselor or professional school counselor. Read More

Stillman, UA ink graduate school pathways agreement

Stillman, UA ink graduate school pathways agreement

Stillman College students have a new bridge to graduate school at The University of Alabama. Stillman President Dr. Cynthia Warrick and UA President Dr. Stuart R. Bell Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding that will allow Stillman students, under particular conditions, to potentially take graduate level courses at UA during their senior year, participate in early advising and immersion programs, and eventually matriculate to graduate school. The new graduate school pathways are an expansion of the two institutions' long-running concurrent enrollment agreement. Administrators and faculty from both Stillman and UA celebrated the 50th anniversary of that agreement and its expansion Thursday on Stillman's campus. Read More

Ask SAGE

Ask SAGE

Ask SAGE, our new advice column, is here to help answer sponsors and students' important questions about college. Send in your Ask SAGE question to support@sagescholars.com to be featured in our next MC&G newsletter!

Student's Question:

Dear SAGE,

My son was recently accepted into a couple private schools and our state school. He's having trouble choosing, but leaning toward a small out of state liberal arts college. I'm happy for him, but this doesn't seem like the best move from a financial standpoint. The instate tuition he can get at the state school seems like the selling point to me. What am I missing?

Sincerely,

Sticker Shock

SAGE Answer:

Dear Sticker Shock,

First, congratulations on these options that your son has. This is phenomenal news and hopefully he takes time to celebrate! You're absolutely right to be in sticker shock. On the surface, in-state tuition benefits seem like the best deal all around. However, many people don't realize that a private college education can not only be more cost effective but will also maximize your college investment long term. Private colleges offer small, tight knit communities with incredibly strong alumni networks. The small class sizes and student body population mean that your son will have the opportunity to get to know both his classmates and professors better, which can create opportunities during and after college. Additionally, private colleges have tremendous aid and funding opportunities for their students, and the small population of campus means that your son won't have to compete for resources. So while your son's choice to opt for private college may seem fiscally irresponsible, it will no doubt pay off in tremendous ways now and in the future.

Sincerely,

SAGE Scholars