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 VOL. 23, NO. 13JANUARY 30, 1998 

Sagner Scholarship Established at School of Social Work


A gift from the Sagner Family Foundation has established the Ruth Levin Sagner Centennial Scholarship at the School of Social Work.

  Named in honor of the late Ruth Levin Sagner, a 1976 graduate of the School, the fully-endowed scholarship provides for two consecutive years of full-time study.

  “We are deeply grateful to the foundation, and particularly to Alan, Ruth’s husband, and Deborah Sagner Buurma, their daughter,” said Ronald Feldman, dean of the School of Social Work. “The creation of this Centennial scholarship, which follows several decades of generous support and thoughtful counsel from both Ruth and her family, is an inspiration to all of us who work to bring new professionals to the field of social work.”

  The scholarship will be awarded to a female minority student in the School of Social Work, who is at least 35 years old and a resident of New Jersey or New York. Every fourth time that the scholarship is awarded, it may be presented to someone who does not fit the specified criteria.

  Formerly a member of the School of Social Work’s Advisory Council, Sagner received her master’s degree in clinical social work from Columbia in 1976 and completed her clinical studies at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and her psychiatric studies at Mt. Sinai hospital.

  In addition to serving as director of the Milburn office of the Family and Child Guidance Center of the Oranges, Maplewood and Milburn, N.J., Sagner was a licensed marriage counselor. During the 1980s, she was an adjunct professor, supervising students from Columbia, NYU and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work.