The B.A. Rudolph Foundation today established a $50,000 scholarship fund at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. The Rudolph Family Scholarship was created in honor of the late B.A. Rudolph, a 1978 graduate of the University of Arkansas, and her parents, Dr. Leighton Rudolph and the late Marjorie Holt Rudolph who both taught at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is a charitable nonprofit started by women, for women, to honor the founders’ godmother, B.A. Rudolph, The Foundation’s mission is to advance and benefit young women interested in public service through educational, financial and professional support. It is based in Washington, D.C.
“B.A. began her career in public service at the University of Arkansas and working with Bill and Hillary Clinton,” said Maggie Moore, one of the foundation’s three co-founders “We’re proud to support her and her family’s legacy by helping students at the Clinton School receive the educational opportunities they need to make differences in the world.” Moore, who works at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington, was joined at the Clinton School by co-founder Rebecca Cook Davis in making the announcement. Davis is a genetic counselor and consultant for the Phelan-McDermind Syndrome Foundation.
“We are most grateful to the B.A. Rudolph Foundation for this scholarship,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford. “B.A. was a friend of mine and was a strong advocate for young women. This scholarship in her name at the Clinton School continues her advocacy.”
The first scholarship will be awarded this spring to a second year Clinton School student for the 2015-2016 school year.
Rudolph served on the staff of Governor Bill Clinton and during President Clinton’s administration worked as deputy chief of staff to Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater and chief of staff to Brady Anderson, the director of USAID. She died from cancer in 2011.