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.
First year Clinton School students may apply for the 2019-2020 B.A. Rudolph Scholarship through the portal below starting February 15, 2019. All applicants must fit the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled at the Clinton School of Public Service
- Scheduled to graduate from the Clinton School of Public Service in the spring of 2020
- Identify as a woman and / or female
- Be in good academic standing with the school [with a cumulative (overall) and current (most recent term) grade point averages are 3.0 or better]
- Able to present their capstone the first week of April of their second year
- February 15 – March 1: Application Open
- March 1, 11:59 pm EST: Application Closes
- April 1: Scholarship recipient selected
Application Process and Criteria
The application includes a form consisting of questions related to the student’s eligibility, financial need, and additional information. Applicants must also upload an essay, resume, and transcript, and request a letter of recommendation. An Application Review Committee made up of Clinton School Field Service Team members, former B.A. Rudolph Scholarship recipients, and Foundation champions will conduct an initial review of all applications, followed by the B.A. Rudolph Foundation’s Board of Directors’ selection of the final recipient.
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is looking for diverse women who demonstrate financial need and who model and advance the Foundation’s values:
- Progressive (defined as valuing freedom of choice and creating opportunities for all, respect to all, and cooperation among all): We are committed to and passionate about creating opportunities for women, especially women of color and other underrepresented populations; we are equity-centered, anti-racist, and progressive feminists; we ruthlessly fight to create a world with freedom of choice, opportunity for all, respect to all, and cooperation among all, knowing this might be uncomfortable sometimes for ourselves and for others.
- Compassionate (to ourselves and others): We are empathetic. Stuff might get hard; stuff will get messy; mistakes might happen; we will be in that mess together. We will be forgiving of and kind to ourselves and each other. We laugh.
- Lifelong learners (constantly looking for ways to grow): We know we don’t know everything. We solicit and are open to feedback. We listen. We are curious and ask questions. We listen some more. We are constantly growing.
- Purposeful (with clarity of purpose in short-term and long-term goals): We challenge ourselves, others, and our communities to be the best possible version of themselves. We are clear on our goals and go out and get them. We are daring. We stand up. We speak out.
- Determined and Passionate (especially about public service): We are tenacious, persistent, unstoppable, strong-willed, committed, determined, and resourceful. We have a passion for change and the gumption to go out and make it happen. We expect excellence in our work, with high expectations for ourselves and others.
- Lift as we Climb: We contribute. We are generous. We are grateful for those who helped make us who we are. We give back to other people, communities and causes. We are committed to empowering others. We pay it forward.
- Read through this webpage in its entirety.
- Between February 15 and March 1, 2019, click the Apply Now button below to access the Clinton School Scholarship online application portal. When applying, please use the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari*. The application will not run on Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer versions 8 and below, and while functioning, versions 9 and above are not yet completely supported. *Using Safari on a PC is not officially supported.
- Once in the application portal, create an Applicant Profile, complete the Application Form, submit a Recommendation Request, and click the “Submit Application” button.
- Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email.
- Contact your recommender to confirm their support of your application as well as their availability to write and submit a letter between the February 15 and March 1 deadline (see below for detailed directions).
Letter of Recommendation
Directions for Applicants
- As soon as possible, we suggest you contact your recommender to confirm their support of your application as well as their availability to write and submit a letter between February 15 and the March 1, 11:59 pm EST deadline.
- Send your recommender a “Recommendation Request” through the Clinton School Scholarship online application portal (click the “Apply Now” button below to access the “Recommendation Request” form). This will trigger an email to your recommender with instructions to submit their letter of recommendation on your behalf.
- In the past, some applicants have drafted key points for their recommenders to help ensure the letter covers the necessary details (listed below).
- You may log-in to your application anytime between February 15 and March 1, 11:59 pm EST to see the status of the letter (although the letter itself will remain confidential).
Directions for Recommenders
Through the online scholarship application, references will receive an email with instructions to submit their letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. The deadline to submit a letter of recommendation is March 1, 11:59 pm EST. Applicants may log-in to their application anytime between February 15 and March 1, 11:59 pm EST to see the status of the letter (although the letter itself will remain confidential). Recommenders will receive an email containing the following directions:
In one page or less and saved as a PDF, please share:
- How you know the applicant
- Your perspectives on her qualities, especially in regards to the Foundation’s values, as expressed in our definition of a BA Woman: they are progressive (defined as valuing freedom of choice and creating opportunities for all, respect to all, and cooperation among all), compassionate (to herself and others), lifelong learners (constantly looking for ways to grow), purposeful (with clarity of purpose in short-term and long-term goals), passionate (especially about her field of interest), determined, and gives back to other people, communities and causes; and
- Anything else you think we should know about the applicant.
Please note that while any or all attributes are worth addressing, no one evaluator is expected to have experience with the applicant to address them all. We also acknowledge that all applicants have both areas of strength and areas of development. Your candid, honest appraisal will assist in evaluation of the applicant. Specific examples supporting your characterizations will be very helpful to our application review committee.
Thank you in advance for your perspectives on the applicant. We appreciate your time and contributions to support women as they advance their careers. Any questions may be sent to email@example.com.
About the B.A. Rudolph Foundation and the Clinton School Scholarship: The B.A. Rudolph Foundation champions women who seek to make a difference in the world, and for whom a small amount of support makes a significant difference in their personal and professional development. The B.A. Rudolph Scholarship at the Clinton School 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 B.A. Rudolph 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.Apply Now