McLarty Scholars provides young leaders with the opportunity to support, learn from and engage with leading global non-governmental organizations during placements in Washington, DC organizations.

Meet the 2017 McLarty Scholars
Mollie Henager

Mollie Henager

Mollie Mae Henager of Conway, Arkansas is a 2017 McLarty Scholar and a second-year master student at the Clinton School of Public Service. Mollie graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Arkansas, where she was awarded the President’s Medallion for being the 2016 outstanding student in the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. During her first year at the Clinton School, Mollie completed her practicum project with the Centers for Youth and Families, worked for the Arkansas District Export Council and volunteered as a medical interpreter for Westside Free Medical Clinic. She went on to complete her international public service project as the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator for Awamaki, a non-governmental organization in the Sacred Valley of Peru. As a McLarty Scholar, Mollie is completing her capstone project for the Clinton School of Public Service with Vital Voices in Washington, D.C.

Yvonne Quek

Yvonne Quek

Yvonne Quek, a native of Singapore, is a McLarty Scholar and also a 2017-2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She researches issue areas related to the economic empowerment of women and the impact of climate change on women. Previously, Yvonne served as the McLarty Global Fellow at Vital Voices Global Partnership where she undertook a monitoring and evaluation study within the organization. She has also consulted with non-profits on monitoring and evaluation studies, co-founded an artisan e-commerce business and is a former practicing corporate attorney, specialized in mergers and acquisitions. Yvonne received her Masters of Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service where she completed field work on food insecurity, women’s economic empowerment and women’s leadership development. She completed her law degree at the National University of Singapore and remains a bar licensed attorney in Singapore.

Emily Smith

Emily Smith

Emily Smith, from Little Rock, Arkansas, is a 2017 McLarty Scholar working with Vital Voices in Washington, DC to conduct a Social Network Analysis that measures how networks are formed and sustained through Vital Voices’ programs. Emily is a graduate of Hendrix College (Conway, AR) with a degree in English/Film Studies and Politics, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper and an intern at the Clinton Foundation. After graduating, Emily worked as an AmeriCorps Member and Team Leader for City Year Little Rock and was selected to join the 2016 City Year Summer Academy Team. At the Clinton School of Public Service, Emily worked with Arkansas Electric Cooperative Cooperation to capture the oral histories of how electricity changed the quality of life for rural communities. Recently, she completed her International Public Service Project in Kanungu, Uganda where she built training capacity for Limited Resource Teacher Training.

McLarty Scholars have the opportunity to engage in substantive international work in areas of economic empowerment, human rights and political participation.

The McLarty Scholars program was established in 2011 by Donna and Mack McLarty and their sons Mark and Franklin, daughter-in-law Gabriella and granddaughter Brianna, in partnership with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. This prestigious program provides students with substantive opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, research, international experience and cross-cultural understanding.

Since 2014, when Scholarship fulfillment began, nine young professionals have served as McLarty Scholars. Three McLarty Scholars are selected each year; current Scholars are serving in Washington, DC at Vital Voices and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.