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.
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 Board of Directors chose the Clinton School for our first foray into academic scholarships. This was done to honor 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. The creation of the scholarship was announced on February 21, 2015, during Rebecca Davis and Maggie Moore’s 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.
Applications for the B.A. Rudolph Scholarship are not accepted through the B.A. Rudolph Foundation. We have created a process by which current first year students apply through the Clinton School.