2017 SAGE Scholars
Thirty-seven students honored at SAGE luncheon on April 19, 2017
May 4, 2017
Congratulations to this year’s Student Achievement Guided by Experience (SAGE) Scholars! Thirty-seven talented students graduated from the program this year.
Founded in 1999 by the University of California Office of the President, the SAGE Scholars Program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue relevant work experience as interns at corporate or nonprofit organizations, endure a rigorous and rewarding academic career, receive personalized one-on-one advisement and network with SAGE alumni.
In order to qualify as a SAGE Scholar Program participant, the student has to exhibit significant financial need. Although a student’s acceptance into the program does not guarantee a scholarship, many students receive some amount of financial support.
SAGE Scholar recipients are some of the most inspiring and motivated students at UCI. Rosa Nunez ‘17, SAGE Club president, shares her experience in the program. “SAGE is a community of talented individuals who empower one another, who work hard to achieve their dreams, who give back to the community, who are motivated and driven,” says Nunez. “In SAGE, I made lifelong friends whose drive, compassion and willingness to serve others has left an imprint on my heart.”
With 55 percent of UCI’s student body identified as first generation and with more Pell grant-eligible students than all of the Ivy League universities combined, UCI’s SAGE Scholar Program has helped many diverse and talented students prepare for their future. And the results of the SAGE Scholar Program are impressive.
100 percent of this year’s SAGE Scholars have graduated and will move directly to either a career position or a graduate program.
Juan David Lopez ‘17, a recent SAGE graduate and a mentee in the program, gained real-world experience from his internship at Parker Aerospace. “I learned how to network and follow up with informational interviews,” says Lopez. He aspires to pay it forward and be a mentor for future SAGE students.
Grateful for the skills they learned and the life experiences they gained, many SAGE alumni choose to give back to the program. Nam Tran ‘03, a SAGE alumnus who was part of the founding SAGE class of 2000, believes it is his responsibility to give back to the program. In addition to giving a recurring donation, he also serves as Lopez’s mentor.
“SAGE had a tremendous impact on my student life,” says Tran. “As a proud alumnus and former member of SAGE Scholars, I feel it’s my duty to try to give back to the program that has given so much to me.”
Tran is just one of the many program graduates who give back their time, talent and resources. In 2013, SAGE alumni donated $10,000 to the program. In 2016, SAGE alumni committed to donating almost $40,000 over the next three years (2016-18). In addition to the support of its alumni, the SAGE Scholars Program receives financial support from many individual, corporate and foundation sponsors. The newest sponsors this year included Cintas, The David & Diana Sun Foundation, Glitterrings and Kingston Technology.