Scholarship programs serve to recognize and support outstanding communications students and expand access to a Newhouse education.

Lorraine Branham Scholarship Program

The Lorraine Branham Scholarship Program supports talented students from socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and other underrepresented groups, providing them with the opportunity to attend the Newhouse School debt-free. As many as 10 scholarships will be awarded each fall to recipients who will be known as Branham Scholars.

In addition, a merit-based Branham Prize is awarded to an incoming first-year student as recognition of their accomplishments in the classroom and the communications space while in high school.

Any student who files a FAFSA is in consideration for the Branham scholarship and prize. No additional application is required.

The program also supports Finish Line scholarships, which provide up to $5000 for undergraduate students in their last year or master’s students in their final semester who need financial assistance to complete their education at Newhouse.

To be eligible for a Finish Line scholarship, students must be currently enrolled at the Newhouse School, be in good academic standing (2.00 GPA for undergraduate students and 3.00 for graduate students) and provide explanation of financial need.

The scholarship program is named in honor of late Dean Emerita Lorraine Branham, the first Black woman to serve as dean of the Newhouse School.

Larry Barron Fund for Mentorship

The Larry Barron Fund for Mentorship (LBFM) was established to provide Syracuse University students with an opportunity to make meaningful connections with key industry professionals for mentoring, networking and internship opportunities before they graduate from the University.

The fund, named after the late alumnus Larry Barron ’87, aims to carry on the TV executive’s legacy of inspiring and mentoring young people and connecting them with other leaders in the media and entertainment industries. The fund was organized by his longtime friends Carl Weinstein and Scott Bergstein, both 1988 graduates of the Newhouse School.

Application deadline: Closed for the 2024 program.

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Martin Bandier Scholarship

The Martin Bandier Scholarship provides critical financial support for students from underrepresented populations who are enrolled in the Bandier Program in Recording and Entertainment Industries. It is the most prestigious scholarship program available to students aspiring to careers in the music industry.

The scholarship is awarded to one student annually and follows that student over the course of his or her four years in the program. The Bandier Scholarship is among the largest single scholarship grant offered by Syracuse University.

The scholarship program was established by a gift from music publishing executive Martin Bandier ’62, widely considered one of the most influential music publishers in history.

Scholarship Opportunities: External sources

We’ve compiled sources of outside funding, organized by the month applications are due. Many scholarships are sponsored by professional media organizations or media companies.

You will find a mix of merit-based and other opportunities that will require a work or essay submission. These scholarships are not affiliated with Syracuse University or the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.