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OUTBio Scholarship Program

OUTbio’s recipient of our inaugural 2022 Scholarship this year is Sage Widder 


Sage is a Newton South High School graduate and plans to attend Wellesley College, majoring in biochemistry with an Art/Art History minor.  We are delighted to award this scholarship based on Sage’s strong academic credentials, LGBTQ advocacy, and leadership in science.  


Sage was the co-captain of her high school’s varsity science team, placing well in events such as the Massachusetts Science Olympiad and Envirothon.   She participated as a math and science tutor in her school’s tutor programs and outside school.  Additionally, she was the co-president of her high school’s Gay Student alliance leading educational programs to increase the visibility of LGBTQ youth.    She’s an artist with an established portfolio utilizing her paints and pigments. She was commissioned to do an art installation for Newton Community Pride and worked on set design for South Stage.  


Notably, Sage has applied her artistic interests to science education via her research interest in understanding how the accuracy of artistic representations of viruses and biological processes impact students' learning and influence our scientific understanding of these biological systems.

Sage has strong science and math qualifications and brings a unique artistic perspective. She has worked to increase LGBTQ+ awareness and intends to pursue an advanced scientific degree.   We are delighted to award Sage with our scholarship this year!

The OUTbio LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Scholarship Program is intended to encourage LGBTQ+ young adults to seek a career in STEM disciplines, with a focus on the life sciences. The scholarship supports all students, regardless of gender or sexual diversity, who have demonstrated leadership and/or involvement in advancing LGBTQ+ diversity, equity, and inclusion in their community. 


Our 2022 OUTbio Scholarship Program is now closed. If you have any questions or would like to be considered, please email us at

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