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Opportunities: Prospective Student Scholarships

Scholarships and Fellowships: Past Recipients

Clinton School of Public Service students are eligible for numerous national awards, scholarships, and fellowships. 

Beginning with the Fall 2023 enrollment cycle, the Clinton School is more than tripling the number of scholarship opportunities available to enrolling students. Enhanced cost-of-living stipends are also available. To learn more, schedule a video chat with the admissions team.

Listed below are specific 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 the Fellowship: All Fellows complete internships in underserved American communities, allowing them to bring home, and expand upon, the skills they learned as Volunteers. These skills in adapting to new cultures, developing and managing projects, dealing with language barriers, and leveraging limited resources attract the attention of prospective schools. Since the inception of the Coverdell Fellows Program, nearly 4,000 returned Volunteers have participated in the program and made a difference across the country.

Application and Selection: No additional application for the fellowship is required. The Clinton School will award up to five tuition scholarships of $8,000 each to Coverdell applicants who are admitted to the Clinton School. A graduate assistantship may be available in the Fellow’s second year. The scholarship will be noted in an admitted student’s acceptance letter (sent by mail, by April 1) and will be credited to an enrolling student’s account by September of their fall enrollment semester. Additionally, each Coverdell Fellow will receive up to a $4,000 stipend for their summer International Public Service Project.

More Information: Contact Alex Thomas, Director of Admissions, at (501) 683-5228 or at

About: AmeriCorps members are eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award after successful completion of a service term. The award can be used to pay for college or vocational school, to pay back qualified student loans, or in some cases can be transferred to children or grandchildren. The dollar amount of a full-time education award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education's Pell Grant. AmeriCorps members may earn up to the value of two, full-time education awards and have seven years from the date they receive the award to use it.

Application and Selection: While a number of AmeriCorps alumni may be admitted in a given admission cycle, each year the Clinton School offers up to five single-match scholarships of AmeriCorps Education Awards (AEA) to well-qualified admitted MPS applicants. In order to be considered for one of these limited single-match scholarships, an admitted AmeriCorps alum must have an eligible AmeriCorps Education Award that has not yet been used. Students who have already used their AmeriCorps Education Award are not eligible to be considered for one of the five matching scholarships. However, please note that any admitted AmeriCorps alumni, even those not eligible to be considered to the AEA match, will be considered for standard Clinton School scholarship eligibility for the MPS degree program, along with all other admitted Clinton School applicants. AmeriCorps alumni who receive one of the matching scholarships will be notified in their MPS admission decision letter.

More Information: Contact Alex Thomas, Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Student Services, at (501) 683-5228 or at

About the Rotary Foundation Global Grant: Since the program started in 2015, nearly $400,000 in scholarships have been awarded to Clinton School students. The grant sponsor is Rotary District 6150, which includes parts of central and northeast Arkansas, and District Governor Nancy Leonhardt in cooperation with 12 Rotary Districts in the United States.

Application and Selection: Admitted students who are international citizens can be considered for the Rotary Foundation Global Grant. The Clinton School Admissions Office will choose two admitted applicants based on the overall strength of their application and service record in April, and will work with them on their respective process of separately applying for the Rotary Grant during the months of April through June. The two admitted international students will be notified that they are selected to apply to Rotary in April, and will receive a funding decision from Rotary by July.

More Information: Contact Alex Thomas, Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Student Services, at (501) 683-5228 or at

About: The Dr. Don and Thecia Taylor Scholarship honors the services rendered by the Taylors to the Arkansas-East Bolivia Partners of the Americas. The purpose is to assist a deserving Bolivian student in their pursuit of a graduate degree at University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. The stipend is a one-time award of $500, or such amount as determined by the Board of Directors of the Arkansas-East Bolivia Partners of the Americas.

Dr. Don Taylor was a dentist. He visited Bolivia to teach new techniques and approaches to dentistry. He also hosted visiting Bolivian dentists who came to Arkansas to study their profession. Thecia Taylor twice served as President of the chapter.

More Information: Contact Alex Thomas, Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Student Services, at (501) 683-5228 or at

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

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

About the MPS Merit Scholarship: Beginning in Fall 2023, the Clinton School of Public Service is more than tripling its opportunities for scholarships available to enrolling students.

Scholarship opportunities range up to full tuition, and can include enhanced cost-of-living stipends. International Public Service Project stipends are also available. 

Students are automatically considered for merit scholarships upon applying to the Clinton School – a separate application is not needed. Submit your application for admission and all supporting documents by the December 15 deadline. We strongly encourage students to apply early in order to have the best chance to receive a merit scholarship.

More Information: Contact Alex Thomas, Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Student Services, at (501) 683-5228 or at