The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas is the nation’s first to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree, giving students the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the areas of nonprofit, governmental, volunteer or private sector service. Since its opening in 2004, the Clinton School has completed over 550 field service projects throughout the United States and the world. Additionally, the school hosts a nationally-acclaimed speaker series providing students unprecedented interaction with leaders and innovators. The school is also the home to The Center on Community Philanthropy, which promotes issues and research into community-based philanthropy and its role in generating social and economic change.

“The McLarty Scholars program provides exceptional educational and professional opportunities for Clinton School students and graduates. These substantive experiences are often life changing and career making.”

-James L. “Skip” Rutherford III
Dean, University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

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Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading non-profit organization that identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. The organization serves as a catalyst for female leaders to become agents of transformative change, assisting and mentoring them to take on challenges in economic development, human rights and political participation. The Vital Voices Global Leadership Network includes more than 15,000 leaders representing 181 countries, working on the greatest issues affecting our world today.

“Vital Voices is extremely lucky to have the McLarty Scholars enrich our efforts. They get the opportunity to do important and substantive work for the organization, such as partnering with our Monitoring and Evaluation team to inform and contribute to how we measure the impact of our programs and the work of our women leaders. Our McLarty Scholars become an integral part of the Vital Voices community while gaining critical skills, connections, and leadership experience.”

-Alyse Nelson
President and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership

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The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security seeks to promote a more stable, peaceful and just world by focusing on the important role women play in preventing conflict and building peace, growing economies and addressing global threats like climate change and violent extremism. They engage in rigorous research, host global convenings, advance strategic partnerships and nurture the next generation of leaders.

The creation of the Institute was announced by President John J. DeGioia and then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Georgetown on December 19, 2011 when the Secretary unveiled the historic United States’ National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. McLarty Scholars are placed at Georgetown under the Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellowship, reflecting Secretary Clinton’s role in its founding.

“The McLarty Scholars have enriched our work immeasurably and each of them has personally benefited in terms of her skills development and career enhancement from her experience with us. Each has also had the opportunity to truly make a difference in contributing to a better world.”

-Amb. Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

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“I was very fortunate to receive the McLarty Scholarship to work with the Human Rights team at Vital Voices. Through my McLarty Scholar’s project at Vital Voices, I was able to use both qualitative and quantitative research skills to conduct an evaluation on the effectiveness of the Justice Institute on Gender-Based Violence – the program which I now coordinate. The Scholarship opportunity helped me create a career path that led me to the position I’m in today, and I am forever grateful for all of the support I received from Mr. and Mrs. McLarty along the way. ”

Jennifer Guzman, McLarty Scholar