Mariella Hernandez was awarded the B.A. Rudolph Scholarship at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Friday. The B.A. Rudolph Foundation awards the $12,000 scholarship annually to a woman who is a rising second year at the school and who best embodies the mission and values of the Foundation. The B.A. Rudolph Foundation established the scholarship in 2015 in honor of the organization’s namesake, B.A. Rudolph, a 1978 graduate of the University of Arkansas and a member of Bill Clinton’s gubernatorial and presidential staffs.
“Like B.A., Mariella is strong, generous, passionate, and fully committed to helping others.” said Mary Bruce, Executive Director of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation. “We are proud to support Mariella as a student, a mother, and a change maker in her work to reduce healthcare disparities and increase access and provision of health services so that healthcare can be enjoyed by all as a human right.”
A graduate of UA Little Rock, Mariella Hernandez earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in philosophy and religious studies. In addition to her work as supervisor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science Office of Translation and Interpreting Services, she has served as an advocate for the Hispanic community in Arkansas for more than 15 years. Hernandez’s public service interests include children and women’s rights, public health, social justice, food and housing accessibility, and international affairs.
“Thank you to the B.A. Rudolph Foundation for this generous support,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “B.A. was a friend of mine and her legacy of leadership and public service continues through the great work of the foundation which bears her name. I believe B.A. would be thrilled knowing Mariella received this noteworthy scholarship which bears her name. Mariella is most deserving and will continue to have a positive impact on the lives of many others.”
About the B. A. Rudolph Foundation
Established in 2011, the B.A. Rudolph Foundation champions the educational and professional development of progressive women for whom a small amount of support could make a significant difference. Currently, the B.A. Rudolph Foundation provides scholarships to women participating in unpaid or underpaid public service internships in the Washington, D.C. area as well as nationwide in STEM fields.