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SAGE Scholars Program

Boise State College of Engineering SAGE Scholars

Program Overview

Bronco Bridge Day students in front of big 'B' sculpture

SAGE Scholars begin the year with the Bridge to Boise State program

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 introductory engineering course sequence, ENGR 118 (2 credits – Fall) and ENGR 119 (2 credits – Spring). This course sequence fulfills the major requirement for ENGR 120/130 for all engineering degrees. ENGR 118/119 is a project-focused course with hands-on opportunities for real-world engineering design.

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 math courses
  • Earning a grade of B or higher in the ENGR 118/119 sequence
  • Active participation in SAGE Scholars activities

Support Outside of the Classroom

 SAGE Scholars

SAGE Scholars participate in the STEM Summer Adventure rafting trip

The signature kick-off events for SAGE Scholars are the STEM Summer Adventure rafting program (August 11-14) and the Bridge to Boise State program (August 14-17)*. Program costs, including food and housing, are provided through the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives for both of these programs at no cost to SAGE Scholars.

SAGE Scholars will participate in other social and professional development activities throughout the year. Mentorship opportunities will also be available with faculty and other students.

*All SAGE Scholars are expected to attend both of these programs.  Exceptions may be made based on discussions with the Program Director

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 interview in person, over the phone, or by video call with program staff regarding their commitment to the program and to completing an engineering degree.

Students must be:

  • Enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits) at Boise State
  • Enrolled in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (or pre-Mechanical), Materials Science & Engineering, or Computer Science
  • Federally qualified with financial need (FAFSA must be on file)
  • Placed into Math 143 or Math 144 (SAT Math 540-650, ACT Math 23-28, or Boise State math placement test)
  • Strong academic achievement
  • Meet NSF S-STEM citizenship/residence requirements for scholarship funding

Contact Information


Ann Delaney, SAGE Scholars Program Director

Ann Delaney, SAGE Scholars Program Director (photo by Priscilla Grover)

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: Engineering Building – Room 307




Applications for SAGE Scholars are closed for the 2017-2018 cohort. If you are a student starting at Boise State in Engineering in Fall 2018 and are interested in applying for the SAGE Scholars program for next year, please fill out the form below or contact Ann Delaney through one of the methods above.