Marquisa Wince has been awarded the B.A. Rudolph Scholarship at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. The B.A. Rudolph Foundation awards this $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., Marquisa is bold, progressive, compassionate, and fully committed to public service,” said Mary Bruce, Executive Director of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation. “We are proud to support Marquisa as a student and a change maker in her work to reform structures, systems and institutions that pose a threat to justice. We applaud her work to advocate on behalf of communities that are often overlooked and under-resourced.”
A dual degree student at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, Marquisa is a Master of Public Service candidate at the Clinton School of Public Service and a Juris Doctorate candidate at the William H. Bowen School of Law. Marquisa earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, where she focused her research on the economic impact of black male incarceration and public school privatization. From 2016-2017, Marquisa was an AmeriCorps member in Wisconsin with Public Allies, where she acted as a housing and family law advocate, working to create a just and equitable society. Marquisa has also conducted graduate-level research for the Republic of Kenya’s Probation and Aftercare Services Department and Phoenix Youth and Family Services. Marquisa’s public service interests include legal advocacy, human rights, civil rights, LGBTQ+ rights, youth advocacy, and advocacy for communities of color. “Marquisa is an excellent example of our students’ commitment to Bowen’s core values of public service, professionalism, and access to justice,” said Theresa M. Beiner, dean of the law school.
“We appreciate the generous support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “B.A. was a friend of mine. I know she would be proud of the great work of the Foundation. I also know that she would be honored to see Marquisa, a talented and dedicated individual creating positive impact in the lives of others, named as the recipient of the scholarship that carries her name.”
(Originally written by Patrick Newton and published by the Clinton School of Public Service. Reprinted with permission. Photo provided by the Clinton School of Public Service.)