The McLarty Global Fellows Program and Vital Voices Global Partnership announced a union this week that will provide fellowships for students of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, the Sam M. Walton College of Business and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
McLarty Global and Vital Voices Global announced Tuesday a five-year partnership that will allow students to work at the Vital Voices headquarters in Washington, D.C., beginning in the fall.
The organizations selected Anna Applebaum and Tshering Yudon, both Clinton School of Public Service students, to work with Vital Voices in the fall.
The McLarty Global Fellows Program is a philanthropic endeavor founded by Thomas F. "Mack" and Donna McLarty, both University of Arkansas graduates.
Donna was a co-founder of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international, non-governmental organization concentrated on women's empowerment, and is on the board of directors. Mack is a former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton, chairman of McLarty Associates and chairman of McLarty Companies.
"Donna and I began the McLarty Global Fellows Program as a way to support the important work being done to promote women's engagement and entrepreneurship around the world," Mack McLarty said in a news release. "We are pleased that Vital Voices has agreed to partner with us, and we are confident that both the students and the organization will benefit from the experience."
Both organizations were part of a commitment to action last September, that included other partners like Wal-Mart and Exxon-Mobil, through the Clinton Global Initiative. The commitment will result in at least $1.5 billion in global contract opportunities for women-owned businesses based outside of the United States. The commitment is hoped to "develop a more effective and efficient channel to identify and scale high-growth women-owned businesses," the release states.
"We are grateful to the McLartys for their visionary leadership and steadfast support of our organization and the women we serve," Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices, said in the release.