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Policy Studies

Scholarships and Awards

Students sitting in a row during graduation
$30K

14 policy studies students won the prestigious Truman Scholarship and earned $30K toward graduate studies

Policy studies students are routinely honored with the Remembrance Scholarship, an honor bestowed to top scholars in their senior year

25%

of policy studies students are accepted into the Renée Crown University Honors Program

Bill Coplin Policy Studies Scholarship


Established in the Spring of 2019 to support students in the policy studies major, this scholarship bears the name of legendary professor Bill Coplin, who is the founder and chief architect of the program and its lead teacher for more than 40 years.

The fund was initiated via a large bequest by policy studies alumna Elysa B. Wolfe and her father Ralph G. Wolfe. It continues to grow through the generosity of like-minded program alumni committed to the public good.

Pictured: Policy Studies Chair and Professor Bill Coplin with one of the fund's fist recipients Lujane Juburi '22 PSt.

Professor Bill Coplin with one of the Policy Studies Scholarship fund's fist recipients Lujane Juburi '22 PSt.
Maxwell Graduates facing Hendricks Chapel

Renée Crown University Honors Program


The Renée Crown University Honors Program provides a compelling educational experience for accomplished students. Through this program, you will have the option to take specialized section of the Introduction to Policy Studies course and work with a faculty mentor to complete an honors thesis.

The honors thesis is your opportunity to complete a major research, community-based or creative project in policy studies on a topic important to you. The thesis typically requires four semesters to complete.

Syracuse Among Top Fulbright Award Producing Universities in 2020-21


Syracuse University students and graduates are top candidates for prestigious awards, domestically and internationally, including the Rhodes Scholarship, Truman Scholarship and Fulbright Fellowships. In 2020-21, the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, Syracuse University was included in the list of top Fulbright Award producing institutions.

Students are encouraged to visit the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising (CFSA) for more information.

Fullbright Program
Kyle Rosenblum, '20 Policy Studies in front of Maxwell Hall

The program provides scholars the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Maxwell Celebration of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduates across degrees showcase their research at the annual Maxwell Celebration of Undergraduate Research.

Flowers resting on remembrance wall

One of the University's highest academic student awards, Remembrance Scholars are selected to honor and represent the 35 lost to the Pan Am Flight 103 terrorist attack over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Policy Studies
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