Supporting Students

The Newhouse School is thankful for the contributions of our alumni and their dedication to support students following in their footsteps in the communications industry. Two new funds that started in 2023 exemplify how this generosity contributes to creating a rewarding student experience.

Palmer Family International Benchmark Fund

Grant E Palmer

Established by Grant E. Palmer ’13, this endowed fund will help Newhouse School students in the prestigious Bandier Program for Recording and Entertainment Industries pay for costs related to an annual immersion trip to study the music industry in emerging markets across the globe. In 2023, the two-week Bandier immersion trip took students to Southeast Asia, where they had about 40 meetings with industry leaders and professionals.

“Recognizing that traveling abroad holds immense importance for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, this endowment offers students an invaluable opportunity to transcend the limitations of their circumstances and partake in the Bandier program’s international benchmark trip, a fully immersive global educational experience,” Palmer says.

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Larry Barron Fund for Mentorship

Larry Barron

Named after Larry Barron ’87, the fund aims to carry on the late TV executive’s legacy of connecting students aspiring to work in the media and entertainment business with key industry professionals for mentorship, networking and internship opportunities. Two students will be chosen each year as part of the program, which includes a four-day trip to Los Angeles for meetings, meet-and-greets, tours and other activities to connect recipients with established media and entertainment executives.

Barron died in 2020. The fund was organized by his longtime friends Carl Weinstein and Scott Bergstein, both 1988 graduates of Newhouse. “We are very grateful to Larry’s friends, colleagues and Syracuse University for all their efforts to make [the Larry Barron Fund for Mentorship] a reality to honor our son,” say Barron’s parents, Roberta and Hal Barron.

Barron’s prolific career included producing or consulting on hit shows including
“The Amazing Race,” “Paradise Hotel” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

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