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. Dreamers, first-generation college students, LGBTQI individuals, people of color and people with disabilities candidates 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. 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 B.A. Rudolph Scholarship through the portal below starting February 1 annually. All applicants must fit the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled at the Clinton School of Public Service
- Female or identifies as 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)
- Be a rising 2nd year, with expected graduation in the spring of 2019
- Able to present their capstone on the first Friday in April of their second year
- February 1- March 1: Application Open
- March 1: Application Closes
- April 1: Scholarship recipient selected
Application Process and Criteria
The application includes a short form consisting of questions related to the student’s public service goals and financial need, as well as a cover letter resume, and 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 following factors are considered during the review of applications:
- Demonstrates financial need
- Is passionate about her field of study, possesses clarity of purpose in her short and long-term goals, and is someone who will give back to other people, communities, and causes
- Like B.A., is a strong, generous, progressive, humorous, and independent woman
- 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
- Read through this webpage in its entirety.
- Click the Apply Now button below to access the Clinton School Scholarship online application. 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.
- Create a username and password.
- You will immediately see the application.
- Complete each field, and click “Submit” at the bottom of the page.
- You will receive two confirmation emails: the first when your application form has been submitted, and the second when we have received your letter of recommendation.
Letter of Recommendation
It is your responsibility to provide your recommender with letter submission instructions (see below), and ensure they follow through. All recommenders must email their letter to Recommendation@BARudolphFoundation.org.
Directions for recommenders: The B.A. Rudolph Scholarship at the 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. We are looking for scholarship applicants who are passionate about their field of study, possess clarity of purpose in their short and long-term goals, and who will give back to other people, communities, and causes. 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. In one page or less, please:
- Share how you know the applicant, and speak to her qualities, especially in regard to the qualities we are seeking in applicants (passionate about their field of study, possess clarity of purpose in their short and long-term goals, and who will give back to other people, communities, and causes).
- On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the highest, rate the candidate on how aligned she is with the description of what we are looking for in applicants (passionate about their field of study, possess clarity of purpose in their short and long-term goals, and who will give back to other people, communities, and causes) and briefly explain your rating.
- Is there anything else you would like us to know about the applicant?
- Email your letter as a pdf to Recommendation@BARudolphFoundation.org with the applicant’s name in the subject line by March 1, 2018.
Please contact Program Director Kristen Hecht at Kristen@barudolphfoundation.org with any questions regarding the application or scholarship.Apply Now to Clinton School Scholarship