The Student Achievement Guided by Experience (SAGE) Scholars Program honored its 2019 graduates, the 20th class of SAGE, on April 10 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.
The SAGE Scholars Program provides UCI undergraduates who have significant financial need with the tools to invest in their future through leadership training, career and graduate school planning, and access to internship and scholarship opportunities.
“Having higher education available to more and more people is the main mechanism by which we progress as a society, and in which individuals and their families are transformed,” said UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman at the event. “Every cohort of SAGE Scholars lives up to the very high standards set by its predecessors, and excels in the classroom.”
Every UCI SAGE Scholar – more than 400 in total - has graduated and moved into a career position or attended graduate school.
“The SAGE Scholars Program is designed so that students of all backgrounds can achieve their American Dream,” said Richard Arum, dean and professor at the UCI School of Education. “The students who have passed through this program are an inspiration to us all, and they honor UCI every day with their contributions to society.”
Founded in 1999 by the University of California Office of the President, UCI is the only UC campus to still host a SAGE Scholars Program. Neda Moayedi, director of the SAGE Scholars Program, attributes a large part of SAGE’s longevity to external support – sponsors contributed more than $3 million in support since the program’s inception.
“Financial support allows our students to focus on academics, and internships provide meaningful stepping stones for them to launch their careers,” Moayedi said at the event. “Donations not only directly impact our students, but also their parents, siblings, extended families and the future of their families.”
Each year, hundreds of students apply to the SAGE Scholars Program. SAGE is open to all undergraduate majors, and students have pursued a wide range of majors, including nursing, computer science and sociology.
Congratulations to the 2019 SAGE Graduates!