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Sager Scholarship

Cofrin Arboretum Trail

The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and Office of University Advancement host the annual Sager Scholarship, a competitive student award made possible by the generosity of emeriti faculty Dr. Paul Sager and Dr. Dorothea Sager. The Sager Award was created in 2009 in memory of Chancellor Emeritus Edward Weidner and his commitment to UW-Green Bay and the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum at the Green Bay campus.

The Sager Scholarship recognizes a UW-Green Bay science or engineering undergraduate who demonstrates excellence in communicating scientific information from a classroom or extracurricular academic project. The recipient will receive a $1,500 award.

Selection of the Sager Award recipient are made by a committee consisting of the Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity and faculty or staff members from the College of Science and Technology. The major selection criteria will be the quality and originality of the writing, scientific validity of the content, and appropriate acknowledgment of information sources.


Any undergraduate student enrolled at any UW-Green Bay campus seeking a degree in the natural sciences, engineering, or technology with at least a 3.0 GPA may apply.

How to Apply

UW-Green Bay awards both need- and merit-based scholarships. Funding is made possible by the fundraising efforts of the UW-Green Bay Foundation and the generosity of private donors who believe in the value of a UW-Green Bay education. To be considered for any of these UW-Green Bay scholarships, all admitted and current degree-seeking students should log in with their UW-Green Bay username and password and complete the General Application. Students who match criteria for more specific scholarship opportunities will be prompted to complete additional applications.

If you have any questions about using this system, please email

When to Apply
  • For maximum consideration, we recommend submitting all application materials for the upcoming academic year by February 15 (e.g., submit the 2023-2024 application prior to February 15, 2023).
  • The scholarship selection process begins after February 15, but the application remains open until June 30.
  • We also encourage eligible students to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
When You'll Be Notified
  • Scholarship offers are sent through campus email beginning in March.
  • We do not send “regret” emails because we continue making additional offers as more funding becomes available.

Acceptable Composition Submissions

A broad range of activities can be the basis for an award-winning composition. Examples of acceptable submissions for the Sager Scholarship include:

• a scholarly scientific paper based on a group or individual research project or internship dealing with science;
• an in-depth extension of field or lab research from a science or engineering classroom assignment;
• a scientific report on a topic explored during an academic travel course, class exercise, or field trip;
• a review of current scientific literature about a subject of interest; or
• an original analysis of a current scientific or environmental problem.

Guidance by one or more faculty members is expected, but applicants must show evidence of originality, initiative, and primary authorship of the article, report, or composition.