Looking Back at 2015
Happy New Year, Everyone! 2015 was a banner year for us - four scholarships instead of one, new staff members and committees, two new blog series - and we're looking forward to all that 2016 will bring!
 
In 2015, we expanded our scholarships from one to four. We now provide summer scholarships in undergraduate and graduate public service focused internships in DC, STEM focused internships nationwide, and a graduate tuition scholarship at the University of Arkansas's Clinton School of Public Service. In total, we supported  15 young women with interests ranging from international relations to biosynthesis pathways.
 
As the number of our scholarships expanded, so did our need for additional support. Over the summer we hired  Kristen Hecht  to serve as the Foundation's Operations Manager and we couldn't be happier to have her on the team. We also asked several friends and family members to serve as our host committee for the November Pathways event, helping us to raise money to support more young women this year. Recognizing the need for help in reviewing the exponentially growing number of scholarship applications, we are also creating an application review committee to help select 2016 scholars - including several past scholarship recipients!
 
Gearing up for 2016, we have a number of events for your calendars (see below) and will continue to need your help. If you are interested in  getting involved  in any way, please let us know. As always, thank you for your support and have a wonderful 2016.

~ Maggie, Meredith & Rebecca
  
Pathways to Public Service
On Friday, November 13, the Foundation hosted its second annual Pathways to Public Service event in Washington, DC. Our keynote speaker, NOW President Terry O'Neill, gave a passionate and engaging speech on the importance of millennial women in public office and how to reduce barriers to their success. Six former scholars and approximately 70 of our friends and family came to hear her speak and celebrate a successful year with the Foundation.
  
  
  
Two Blog  Series 
In the fall, the Foundation launched two new blog series: "Catching Up" and "Women &". "Catching Up" reaches out to past scholarship recipients and learns what they've been up to since their summer internships. We've heard from Alexa and Kelsie and we will hear from more scholars in 2016. Our second blog se ries, "Women &", explores a variety of issues and topics pertaining to women, with a new topic and author each month. So far we've had guest writers discuss being a female tourist, cultural awareness, and the need for leadership in both international organizations and public office. If you are interested in contributing a blog post to "Women &", please let us know!
 
Mark Your Calendars
February 1 - Applications for all scholarships open
March 15 - STEM applications are due
March 30  - Graduate applications are due
April 1 - Undergraduate applications are due
April 1 - B. A. Rudolph Foundation Event in Little Rock, AR
June 26  - Annual BBQ in Washington, DC
July 4 - Annual Palisades Independence Day Parade in Washington, DC
  
Get Involved
Be A Mentor
Lend guidance on entering and navigating a career as well as help scholars gain networking skills. 

Host An Event
Take the scholars on a tour or outing of your choice in Washington. Alternatively, host a Foundation event at your home or office to  help raise funds for future scholars. 

Be An Ambassador
Increase awareness and scholarship applications for the Foundation by reaching out to schools and organizations with unpaid interns on our behalf. 
 
Even a little bit of support can make a significant difference.
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