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. 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. 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.

Application Information

First year Clinton School students may apply for the B.A. Rudolph Scholarship through the application portal (see Apply Now button below) starting February 1 annually. The applications deadline is March 1st at 11:59 pm EST. All applicants must fit the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled at the Clinton School of Public Service
  • Female
  • Be in good standing with the school
  • Planning on graduating on time
  • Able to present their capstone on the first Friday in April of their second year

The application includes a short form consisting of questions related to the student’s public service goals and financial need, and the ability to upload a cover letter and resume. An Application Review Committee made up of Clinton School faculty and former B.A. Rudolph Scholarship recipients conduct an initial review of all applications, followed by the B.A. Rudolph Foundation’s Board of Directors’ selection of the final recipient. The following factors are considered during the review of applications:

  • Demonstrates financial need
  • Displays a commitment to public service
  • Conducts herself in a responsible and professional manner, inside and outside of the classroom
  • Makes substantive contributions to classroom discussions / enriches the classroom experience
  • Shows a strong work ethic
  • Exhibits both leadership and ability to work as a team-player
  • Demonstrates passion for her field and drive to achieve her goals
  • Has clear long-term professional goals

The deadline to apply is March 1st, 11:59 pm EST.

Please contact Program Director Kristen Hecht at Kristen@barudolphfoundation.org with any questions regarding the application or scholarship.

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