About the Scholarships

Each spring, the B.A. Rudolph Foundation accepts applications for scholarships to help offset expenses while furthering academic and career goals through a summer internship. The internship scholarships will be awarded to those women who best embody the mission and values of the Foundation. They will be socially responsible, progressive, and driven women of high academic and moral caliber. Strong applicants will have previous roles in leadership positions and volunteer organizations. The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is committed to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly dedicated to reaching applicants from a broad spectrum of qualified people. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, ability and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

Approximately four to five scholars are chosen each year, for each of the three internship scholarships:

The final number of accepted scholars will be determined by a number of factors, including the number and caliber of applicants, and the Foundation’s budget for the year.

Expectations for Scholars

Immediately after acceptance, all scholars must complete a Travel and Emergency Contact Form, and submit a short (one paragraph) biography and photo. Events will be scheduled throughout the summer for the scholars, most of which are optional, that require timely RSVPs, which will also be requested soon after acceptance.

At the completion of the summer, scholars must submit 1) a brief reflection on their internship experience in the form of a final project, and 2) a feedback survey on the scholarship, the Foundation, and the events in which they participated. The final project should demonstrate how the goals outlined in the scholar’s application essay were reached and the milestones they met personally and professionally during their internship. Typically, this project is a three- to five-page essay, but other formats (photo essay, blog, PowerPoint) would also be accepted.

Additionally, former scholars are expected to assist in promoting the B.A. Rudolph Foundation (e.g., be available for brief interviews, be willing to send outreach materials to supervisor, employer or alma mater), and will be asked to complete a brief survey approximately once a year to update us on their professional status.

Our Application Process

How to Apply

Our application is electronic and only available through our website. Please be sure to read through this overview, the description and criteria for the scholarship to which you are applying, application instructions, and the FAQs for important information regarding the application process. When you apply, you will create a username and password to login to the application system. This will allow you to save your application and come back to complete it later. Contact us if you have questions: Info@BARudolphFoundation.org. This email address is monitored on a regular basis. Please do not call or email individual staff or Board of Directors members with application-related questions.

The application consists of the following:

  • Online form, including basic information about you, your school, your internship, and your recommenders (name, email address, phone number). Each scholarship has its own application, which can be found on that scholarships’ page. Please only apply to the Graduate Public Service Scholarship if you have already started graduate school. Otherwise apply to the Undergraduate Public Service Scholarship.
  • Financial Information, this is a two-part section of the online form that includes:
    • Anticipated budget: a one-page chart that breaks down your anticipated expenses and any income during the summer internship. Please: 1) download the Anticipated Budget Template to your computer, 2) save to your computer so that the file name is “Anticipated Budget 2017 NAME”, 3) complete the form to the best of your knowledge and save as a PDF, 4) upload the PDF to your online application. Please do not upload your W-2, bank statements or additional budget information.
    • Specific questions on your financial situation:
      • Did you receive need-based financial aid to attend school for the 2016-2017 academic year? If yes, please describe. (i.e. how much was the financial aid and what did it cover – tuition, books, living expenses, etc.?) 75 word max.
      • Did you receive any performance-based scholarships to attend school for the 2016-2017 academic year?  If yes, please describe. (i.e. how much was the financial aid and what did it cover – tuition, books, living expenses, etc.?) 75 word max.
      • Is your family able or willing to provide financial support during your internship? If yes, please describe any hardship it may pose to your family. 75 word max.
      • Are you receiving or have you applied for other scholarships or grants to support your internship? If yes, please describe. 75 word max.
      • What are your alternatives to a B.A. Rudolph Foundation scholarship? 75 word max.
      • What else do you want us to know about your financial need? (i.e. what will this scholarship allow you to do? What would it prevent you from doing if not received?) 150 word max.
  • Transcript (PDF, official or unofficial are accepted)
  • Resume or CV (PDF, one-page maximum for public service applicants/two-page maximum for STEM applicants)
  • Personal Essay: (PDF) In no more than 750 words, please discuss: the internship for which you are applying/have been accepted, your reasons for choosing this particular internship, what you hope to gain personally and professionally through your experience, how you believe your internship will contribute to the field of public service, how you believe your internship will move you toward your future goals, and how you hope to pay the experience forward (i.e. to other people, communities, or causes).
  • Proof of acceptance to the internship (PDF, a copy of an acceptance email from your internship organization is acceptable). This is not required at the time you apply, since we know sometimes you have not heard back yet. This is only required prior to receiving funds, should you be awarded the scholarship.
  • Two letters of recommendation- It is your responsibility to tell your recommender that they must email their letter in PDF format to Recommendation@BARudolphFoundation.org. You may not upload it to your application, and entering the recommender’s information into the application form will not send them a prompt to submit the letter. Please pick a recommender who will have the time and availability to submit a letter of recommendation by the deadline, ask them in a timely fashion so that it is not a last minute request, and be sure to provide them with the correct email address to send their letter of recommendation to: Recommendation@BARudolphFoundation.org.
Browser Requirements

The online application for all three scholarships requires the use of compatible web browsers listed below. Applications started in any other browser will not successfully save or submit. Please ensure that your browser is one of the following before starting your application:

  • Google Chrome
    • Current version: Chrome 56
    • Minimum version required for application: Chrome 22
  • Internet Explorer
    • Minimum version required for application: IE11
  • MS Edge
    • Current version: Edge 14
    • Minimum version required for application: All versions
  • Firefox
    • Current version: Firefox 52
    • Minimum version required for application: Firefox 27
  • Safari Desktop
    • Current version: Safari 10
    • Minimum version required for application: Safari 7, 9
  • Safari Mobile
    • Current version: Safari 10
    • Minimum version required for application: Safari 5, 6
Dates and Deadlines

Application due dates are specific to each scholarship, and thus are listed with their descriptions. Applications MUST be submitted by the posted deadline, or you will not be considered. Exceptions will not be made, including for any tardy letters of recommendation.

You will receive a notification that your application is complete, and whether or not you have been selected for an interview. If you do not hear from us, first check your Spam/Junk folder in your email in case our notification bypassed your Inbox. You may also contact us at Info@BARudolphFoundation.org. This email address is monitored on a regular basis. Please do not call or email individual staff or Board of Directors members with application-related questions.

Review Process and Interviews

Our Application Review Committee and Board of Directors will review all applications and will invite a small number of applicants to take part in phone interviews with the Board. We will schedule these interviews at the time of notification, and each will last about 45 minutes. The purpose of these interviews is to answer any remaining questions that we may have for you, to get to know you in a way we cannot through a written application, and to give you the opportunity to ask questions. The interview is your opportunity to show us how you stand out from the rest of the applicants. If you anticipate not having phone access during the interview, arrangements can be made in advance to hold the interview through a webinar/online meeting platform.

Helpful Hints

Personal Essay

Your personal essay is perhaps the most important part of your application. We want to see that you are working hard to figure out who you are and what you want out of your life and career. We want to see that you have a plan either to reach your goals or to figure out what they are. We do expect that our graduate applicants will have a firmer idea of what their goals are than our undergraduate applicants. Perhaps most importantly, we want to hear your passion, drive, and how you envision giving back down the road (to other people, communities, or causes). We want to know what your passion is, where it came from, and why it’s so important to you and your community. For our public service applicants, remember what the theme of the scholarship is and think about the language you are using: if the words “public service”, “community”, “help/helping” or their synonyms do not appear in your essay, you’ve probably missed the point. Lastly, for goodness sake please use spell check, don’t make up words, and at minimum read your essay out loud to yourself if you’re not letting anyone else read it.