SAGE Scholars Program

Program Overview

SAGE Scholars is a cohort-based scholarship program for engineering and computer science students funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This program continues a tradition of NSF-funded scholarship programs at Boise State that support students. SAGE Scholars receive a combination of academic advising, professional development, social experiences, and significant financial support.

Academic Support (First Year)

As SAGE Scholars, students will enroll in a two-semester course sequence taught by the SAGE Scholars program director. These courses focus on academic preparedness and success strategies for engineering and computer science coursework. Students will also participate in an engineering service learning experience.

Financial Support (Second Year)

SAGE Scholars are eligible for a scholarship of up to $8000 (depending on individual level of need) for their second year if they meet the following criteria in their first year:

  • Continued enrollment in an engineering or computer science major
  • Earning a grade of B or higher in all first-year math courses and passing Math 170 (Calculus I) by the end of their second semester
  • Earning a grade of B or higher in all SAGE Scholars courses
  • Active participation in SAGE Scholars activities
  • Compliance with the conditions of the SAGE Scholars program

Support Outside of the Classroom

The signature kick-off event for SAGE Scholars is the RAISE (Recreation and Academics in a Summer Experience) program. This opportunity is connected to the July 12-13 BroncoVenture new student orientation, and includes a two-part experience in addition to the orientation – the On-Campus Experience (July 13-15, required for all SAGE Scholars) and the Outdoor Experience (July 16-18, optional for SAGE Scholars). Program costs, including food and housing, are provided through the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives (ISDI) for the on-campus portion of the RAISE program at no cost to SAGE Scholars. Limited scholarship funding is available through ISDI for the Outdoor Experience, but is not guaranteed.

SAGE Scholars will participate in other social and professional development activities throughout the academic year. Mentoring will be available from faculty and other students.

*All SAGE Scholars are expected to attend the on-campus portion of the RAISE program, which includes registering for the July 12-13 Orientation. If this will cause hardship, please let the Program Director know.

Criteria for Admission to the SAGE Scholars Program
In addition to completing the application and satisfying the following criteria, students interested in the program will have an interview (in person, over the phone, or by video call) with program staff.

Students must be:

  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credits) at Boise State University
  • Major in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (or pre-Mechanical), Materials Science & Engineering, Computer Science, or Engineering Plus
  • Exhibit federal qualification for financial aid (Students must have FAFSA on file for their application to be considered)
  • Place into Math 143 or Math 144 (SAT Math 540-650, ACT Math 23-28, or Boise State math placement test)*
  • Have evidence of prior strong academic achievement
  • Meet NSF S-STEM citizenship/residence requirements for scholarship funding

*There is some flexibility in this. Students who initially place into Math 143 or 144 and subsequently place into Math 170 may be admitted into the program on a case-by-case basis. Students who place into Math 108 (ACT 18-22, SAT 430-539) may be eligible with additional conditions. Students who place into Math 175 or higher will not be considered.

Contact Information
Do you have questions about the program? Let us answer them!
Please contact our Program Director, Ann Delaney, by one of the following methods:
Call: (208) 426-5982
Office: Ruch Engineering Building – Room 307

Up to $8,000 (depending on individual level of need) for their second year if they meet the following criteria in their first year
Departments / Colleges
College of Engineering, SAGE Scholars Program
Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about the SAGE Scholars Program?
  2. Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States?
  3. We look forward to speaking with you and will be reaching out to schedule an interview. We would like to do as many interviews as possible in-person on campus, especially if you live in the Boise area. However, if you are not able to come to the Boise State campus, we can also do an interview over the phone or via video call. Can you come to the Boise State campus to do an interview in person? Interviews are held in the Program Director's office, Room 307 in the Engineering Building.