In 2016, the B.A. Rudolph Foundation expanded its support of women by creating a Sponsorship and Grants fund. This fund supports people, organizations, groups, events, projects or programs that are consistent with the mission and values of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation (provided they are used in accord with the Foundation’s Bylaws).
Sponsorship and grant requests can be submitted to the Foundation year-round and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. There is no funding minimum or maximum (provided they are used in accord with the Foundation’s Bylaws). The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is committed to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly dedicated to reaching and supporting a broad spectrum of qualified women who have diverse backgrounds, experiences, ability and perspectives.
In 2018, the Foundation awarded grants to the following recipients:
Beth Quarles and Rachel Cole, Clinton School of Public Service
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation has awarded Beth Quarles and Rachel Cole a one-time grant of $1,654. This grant will provide funds for their study, “Teacher Leadership in Arkansas” to explore gender disparity in K-12 school leadership and why the public school teaching force in the United States is 72% female but only 14% of district superintendents are women. Ms. Quarles and Ms. Cole will develop a landscape analysis of formal and informal programs, supports and pipelines for teacher leadership that includes a needs assessment to inform future teacher leadership and pipeline programs in the state of Arkansas. The grant will result in resources for others to use in their search for leadership programs, particularly women and women of color who would like to gain the skills, knowledge, and capacity to serve in leadership roles.
Drexel Society of Women Engineers
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation has supported the Drexel Society of Women Engineers with a one-time sponsorship of $1,000 to support the “The Lives and Lessons of the Underrepresented in STEM” Annual Conference. The main purpose of the conference is to raise the voices of those who are underrepresented in STEM, and to spread awareness of the challenges they face. Panelists share anecdotes, provide facts, motivate, inspire, and reveal the truth that women, minorities, and underrepresented individuals in engineering face very real problems that no individual can solve on their own. The discussion equips attendees with a stronger voice that advocates for change and equality.
March for Our Lives
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation has awarded Ms. Dela Castillo a one-time grant of $5,000. The grant supported the March for Our Lives; a march “created by, inspired by, and led by students across the USA who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that have become all too familiar” with students in Beeville, Texas. Beeville, TX is a small South Texas city with a little over 13,000 people. In Bee County, they have three public school districts and all three of the superintendents attended and spoke at the event. Pictured are Dr. Marc Puig, Beeville ISD, Dr. Dustin Barton, Skidmore ISD, and Mr. Jaime Velasco, Pettus ISD. In addition, the march was co-sponsored with Pastor Joe Fuentes from Mt. Zion Revival Center church in Beeville. The march raised awareness about the importance of student safety while children are at school.
Kristina Phillips, Ed.D. candidate, University of Mississippi
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation supported Kristina Phillips through a one-time grant of $3,000. This grant provided funds for her dissertation study, “Increasing Access to High-Impact Practices: A Case Study on Internships at the University of Mississippi.” The study focused on challenges of African-American students and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in pursuing internship opportunities. Ms. Phillips will present her research findings and recommendations to the B.A. Rudolph Foundation in June 2018.
New Politics Leadership Academy (NPLA)
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation has awarded New Politics a one-time grant of $1,000. This grant will support a cohort of NPLA Fellows, who will receive education and training to better prepare them to enter politics and succeed in the political arena. Specifically, these funds will be used to fund the registration fees of 15 participants who fit the B.A. Rudolph Foundation’s target population: diverse women who lack resources, opportunity, and access (e.g. YouthBuild and Public Allies, who have diverse and low income women in their program at higher numbers).
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation has awarded ProInspire a one-time grant of $5,000. This grant will support ProInspire to build their virtual “Impact Accelerator” program and run three virtual professional development sessions with alumnae from B.A. Rudolph Foundation’s scholarship program. The program will engage the Foundation’s alumnae in refining their career goals and continuing their learning beyond their scholarship. The program will include curriculum that helps them to reflect on the intersection of their strengths, passions, what the world needs, and what they can be paid to do; t0 articulate their career narrative to advocate for next step on their career pathway; and to explore the range fields and roles within the social sector.
Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA)
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation has supported the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) with a one-time sponsorship of $1,000. This sponsorship supported the Power of the Purse Event; an annual luncheon to honor accomplished women, announce grants made that year, and highlight other WFA programs. The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas was launched in 1998 when two of their founders, Pat Lile and Olivia Farrell, saw the need for funding dedicated to investing in projects that support women and girls in the community. WFA strives to not only expand educational opportunities for women who do not have access to them, but also to empower and equip women with necessary resources for emerging occupations, improve the economic status of women, and promote a mentorship for women and girls who are in need of tangible and emotional support.
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