Founded in 2004, the Clinton School of Public Service is the first program in the country to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree. Located on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, their mission is “to educate and prepare professionals in public service who understand, engage and transform complex social, cultural, economic and political systems to ensure equity, challenge oppression and effect positive social change.” The curriculum for this two-year degree includes both classroom and hands-on learning, with students participating in public service projects throughout Arkansas, the United States, and the world.

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

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

     2018 Scholar

Mariella Hernandez

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.

2017 Scholar

Amie Alexander

Amie Alexander, of Little Rock, Arkansas, earned her Master of Public Service at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in 2018. In addition to her focus on public service, she was also a concurrent law student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and will complete her Juris Doctorate in May 2019. Prior to her tenure in the Clinton School and Bowen School of law, Amie attended the University of Arkansas, where she graduated with honors and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and an emphasis in Agricultural Education.At the Clinton School, Amie worked with the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation to study the residual effects of rural electrification and what lessons can be applied to the struggle to provide broadband service for rural Arkansans. Over the summer of 2017, she worked with the Foreign Agricultural Service in Tokyo, Japan, where she assisted in developing agricultural commodity trade reports and marketing American agricultural products. Upon the completion of  both of her degrees, Amie plans to use her knowledge of both public service and law to influence rural development policy and promote social change. Amie is passionate about closing the gaps between rural and urban America, specifically in the areas of poverty, education, agricultural literacy, and access to broadband.

2016 Scholar

Stacy Cox

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.

2015 Scholar

Jennifer Guzman

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.