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Opportunities: Spring Application Scholarships

Scholarships and Fellowships: Past UACS Recipients

Students at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service are eligible for numerous national awards, scholarships, and fellowships. Listed below are the opportunities that are currently available to students, along with information on eligibility, deadlines, specific contacts for additional questions and follow-up, and any other pertinent information related to the opportunity. Read all eligibility prerequisites carefully, and contact the program or individual providing the scholarship with specific questions.

About Dr. Ruth Allen: Dr. Ruth Allen retired in 2002 after serving in various academic leadership roles, including the UAMS Office of Educational Development and as an educational evaluator in the Department of Geriatrics. Allen earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1959 and master’s degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University in 1961. She then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia, teaching chemistry and physics for three years.

Application and Selection: This scholarship is included on the Second-Year StudentScholarship Application. To apply, check the “Dr. Ruth Allen Scholarship” option on the application form. The Second-Year Student Scholarship Application is due annually on June 1 and recipients are announced by June 30. Students must submit this application form and requested supplementary materials.

Eligibility:  1) Second-year MPS student, 2) Student identifies as female, 3) Student has a 4.0 GPA at the end of their first academic year, 4) Student has demonstrated financial need.

About Jenna Rhodes: The scholarship honors the legacy of Jenna Rhodes, a 2014 graduate of the Clinton School who passed away in July 2019. Jenna was a beloved member of MPSClass 8. A concurrent MPS/MPH graduate, Jenna's public service passions included food security/access and nutrition. From metropolitan Kansas City, Jenna loved her UACS experience and made Little Rock her home after graduation. In the years after graduating, she became very involved in a number of public health/public service issues throughout Central Arkansas, including serving as a project supervisor for UACS student field projects. In honor of Jenna's deep love for UACS, this scholarship for concurrent MPS/MPH students was set up by her family & friends.

Application and Selection: This scholarship is included on the Second-Year Student Scholarship Application. To apply, check the “Lee Williams” option on the application form. The Second-Year Student Scholarship Application is due annually on June 1 and recipients are announced by June 30. Students must submit this application form and requested supplementary materials.

Eligibility: 1) Second-year MPS student, 2) Student is enrolled in the concurrent MPS-MPH program, 3) Student is in good academic standing at the end of their first academic year, 4) Student has demonstrated financial need.

About Lee Williams: Lee Williams, longtime aide to Sen. Fulbright and former member of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, worked for Fulbright from 1955-1974, first as a legislative assistant and then as an administrative assistant and chief of staff. Williams attended the University of Arkansas School of Law (LL.B. ’53) after distinguished service in World War II. He was appointed to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board by President Bill Clinton on Nov. 12, 1993. Williams served 10 years on the board and was a vigilant and dedicated guardian of the program's principles, providing insightful wisdom in promoting mutual understanding through educational exchange. In 2006, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service announced the establishment of the Lee Williams Fellowship in Public Service. The fellowship, administered jointly by the Clinton School and Fulbright College, is awarded annually to a University of Arkansas, Fayetteville graduate pursuing a master’s degree at the Clinton School.

Application and Selection: This scholarship is included on the Second-Year Student Scholarship Application. To apply, check the “Lee Williams Fellowship in Public Service” option on the application form. The Second-Year Student Scholarship Application is due annually on June 1 and recipients are announced by June 30. To apply, students must submit this application form and requested supplementary materials.

Eligibility: 1) Second-year MPS student, 2) Student is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, 3) Student is in good academic standing at the end of their first academic year, 4) Student has demonstrated financial need.

About the Little Rock Nine Foundation: Nine African American students – Carlotta Walls Lanier, Melba Pattillo Beals, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Terrence Roberts, Minnijean Brown Trickey, Thelma Mothershed Wair and the late Jefferson Thomas – became known as the Little Rock Nine when they integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. The resistance of Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus and protests by large groups of segregationists forced the intervention of President Dwight Eisenhower, who the sent the military’s finest, the 102 Airborne Division, to protect the students. The Little Rock Nine Foundation was established in 1997.

Application and Selection: This scholarship is included on the Second-Year Student Scholarship Application. To apply, check the “Little Rock Nine Foundation” option on the application form. The Second-Year Student Scholarship Application is due annually on June 1 and recipients are announced by June 30. Students must submit this application form and requested supplementary materials.

Eligibility: 1) Second-year MPS student, 2) Student identifies as Black or African American, 3) Student is in good academic standing at the end of their first academic year, 4) Student has demonstrated financial need.

About: The James L. “Skip” Rutherford III Endowment was established at the University of Arkansas Foundation to honor Rutherford and provide support to student leaders across the UA System. Undergraduate and graduate students from any UA System campus are eligible to apply for grants, which will be awarded by a committee appointed by UA System vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Michael Moore, in accordance with the terms of the endowment. 

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to students for expenses such as technology, conference registration, interview expenses, travel, test preparation, books, equipment or other supplies where a student can demonstrate need through the application process. This will be the inaugural year for awards from the endowment, which will be given out each spring. 

Application and Selection: The application process requires students to submit information about themselves and their proposed use of grant funding, along with contact information and a letter of recommendation from a faculty, staff or administrative advisor at their home campus. The deadline for submission is April 11, 2022.

Click here to submit an application form. After completing the form, students are required to submit 1) a letter describing their grant proposal, 2) a resume, and 3) a letter of recommendation from a home campus faculty, staff or administrative advisor. These documents should be emailed as PDF files to bbeaumont@uasys.edu.

Eligibility: These grants are open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled within the University of Arkansas System.

More Information: Additional questions should be emailed to Ben Beaumont at bbeaumont@uasys.edu.

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