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Forever Orange Scholarship Helps Recent Graduates Further Careers
The Forever Orange Scholarship was created in 2020, as the pandemic created job market uncertainty for new Syracuse University graduates. Going forward, Syracuse University will continue to offer graduating seniors an opportunity to enroll full time in a qualifying residential graduate degree or certificate program with a half tuition scholarship.
Graduating seniors can apply to a participating program of their choice through the online graduate application, and the application fee is waived. Students can also learn more at the Virtual Graduate Fair on April 14 from 4-5 p.m. ET. Pre-registration is required.
Current Forever Orange Scholarship participants encourage graduating seniors to explore the possibilities. Margaret Haggerty, who graduated in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management, minored in writing and public communications studies. She planned to work for a few years before graduate school, but chose to use the Forever Orange scholarship opportunity to apply to the Newhouse School’s broadcast and digital journalism’s sport media track. She graduates in August, after which she will take on a professional position with the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
“There hasn’t been a day where I haven’t learned something new. Whether it’s in classes or at work, I’ve just been constantly gaining new skills and expanding on the ones that I already had,” Haggerty says. While she had some job possibilities after finishing her undergraduate degree, “The Forever Orange Scholarship made the decision to apply to graduate school easier,” she says. Haggerty recommends that seniors considering graduate school review the eligible programs at Syracuse and decide if enhancing their education makes sense. She says she’s much more qualified for a competitive job market because of her graduate experience, “This program is hands-on. The stress of a newsroom is real, and you feel exactly that in the classroom. There’s also so much to do between the ACC Network and other extracurriculars that gaining new opportunities and learning is never an issue,” she says. Haggerty was able to work with the Syracuse Crunch Hockey Club, the Newhouse Sports Media Center and the ACC Network.
Taylor Grosso is currently pursuing her master of public administration at the Maxwell School after graduating in 2021 with degrees in biochemistry and environment, sustainability and policy. As a student in the MPA program, she has been a research assistant for the Autonomous Systems and Policy Institute. “I am currently focusing my research on incorporating emerging technologies into today’s society in a sustainable manner. I wanted to further my knowledge at the administrative and policy level.” She says that the Forever Orange Scholarship has allowed her to learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in the field.
Celina Carranti graduated summa cum laude with Renée Crown University Honors and Distinction. She is building on her undergraduate degree in political science by using the Forever Orange Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in international relations through the Maxwell School’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs as well as a certificate of advanced study in national security and counterterrorism law through the College of Law’s Institute for Security Policy and Law. She hopes to eventually attend law school and then pursue a career working on issues of national and international security as an attorney within the federal government.
“Continuing my education at Syracuse as a graduate student has given me the opportunity to expand my regional knowledge, analytical skills and understanding of the policy process, which is essential for a future career in public service,” Carranti says. “It has also allowed me to learn from professors who have first-hand experience working as public servants in the fields of national security and foreign policy.”