The B.A. Rudolph Scholarship at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is a $12,000 scholarship awarded annually to a woman who is a rising-second year student and best embodies the mission and values of the Foundation. As a progressive organization, we value freedom of choice, opportunity for all, respect to all, and cooperation among all in a complex world that requires multi-faceted solutions. The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In that spirit, we are particularly dedicated to reaching applicants from a broad spectrum of qualified people. Women of color, immigrants or recent immigrants, Dreamers, first-generation college students, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The purpose of the scholarship is to alleviate the cost of an advanced degree by paying the full tuition for one year, as well as living expenses and funds for professional development.
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation partners with the Clinton School to honor the organization’s namesake B.A. Rudolph (University of Arkansas, Class of 1978), her deep roots in her native Arkansas, her long time professional commitment to former President Clinton, and the mission of the school as a center dedicated to public service and future leaders. Co-founders Rebecca Davis and Maggie Moore announced the creation of the scholarship on February 21, 2015, during their participation in the Clinton School Speaker Series. President Clinton, addressing the entire student body, announced the first recipient of the B.A. Rudolph Scholarship on March 27, 2015.
Congratulations to our 2019 Scholar
Marquisa Wince is a concurrent degree student currently pursuing her Master of Public Service at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marquisa earned her B.A. in Economics & Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she focused her research on the economic impact of black male incarceration and public school privatization. From 2016-2017, Marquisa was an AmeriCorps member in Wisconsin with Public Allies, where she acted as a housing and family law advocate, working to create a just and equitable society. Marquisa has also conducted graduate-level research for the Republic of Kenya’s Probation and Aftercare Services Department and Phoenix Youth and Family Services. Marquisa’s public service interests include legal advocacy, human rights, civil rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and advocacy for young people, communities of color, and other marginalized groups.
Read about our Past Scholars
Mariella Hernandez, of Guayaquil, Ecuador, is a Master of Public Service candidate at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Mariella is a Donaghey Scholar and graduated cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. Prior to her graduate studies, she has been working as a certified medical interpreter and advocating for Hispanic patients’ rights to access healthcare. During the summer of 2018, she interned in Panama with Give and Surf, where she worked to address the health and nutritional needs of communities in the island of Bastimentos. Mariella is passionate about reducing health inequities by addressing the social determinants of health disparities and hopes to make contributions in this field upon graduation. Her goal is to use her advantages to empower others, specifically by enabling the marginalized and disenfranchised access care that will increase their well-being.
Stacy Cox is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas where she earned her Master’s of Public Service. She was a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow at the Clinton School and served as the student government association treasurer. Stacy is a magna cum laude graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She has been volunteering for Heifer International since 2009. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she interned with Heifer International, where she conducted evaluations of Heifer’s projects in India. Her public service journey began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia working to increase access to education for rural Zambians. Upon completion of her degree, she planned to continue this journey by using her skills as a photographer to promote social change.
Jennifer Guzman is a Program Manager for the Human Rights team at Vital Voices Global Partnership. Her role primarily focuses on managing the organization’s partnership with the Avon Foundation for Women, as well as designing and implementing the various international gender-based violence training programs they fund each year. Previously, she coordinated the implementation of the Justice Institute on Gender Based Violence, an international training program focused on facilitating the creation of a holistic and victim-centered response to addressing violence against women. To date, Jennifer has helped implement 16 Justice Institutes in 11 different countries. Jennifer completed her Master of Public Service (MPS) degree at the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service. Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with degrees in International Studies and French.