Princeton University’s

Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs

Junior Summer Institute

BLI's partnership with Princeton University allows NMHU students to attend the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute with a full scholarship. Students nominated by NMHU and accepted by Princeton participate in a seven-week institute focused on developing critical public policy skills. Rodrigo Blanco Rojas participated in the 2009 Junior Summer Institute.

New Mexico Highlands University Student Accepts Scholarship to Princeton University's Summer Policy Institute

LAS VEGAS-March 10, 2009 – Rodrigo Javier Blanco Rojas will attend Princeton University's prestigious Junior Summer Institute this summer. He competed with juniors from nearly 30 countries and 40 U.S. States to gain acceptance into the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University.

New Mexico Highlands University's Ben Luján Leadership and Public Policy Institute and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs entered into an agreement in 2005 to support students meeting eligibility criteria. Students must be college juniors and must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to:

  • Cross-cultural and social issues and public service,
  • A career in public or international affairs,
  • Contributing to the diversity of perspective in public policy or international affairs.

Mr. Blanco Rojas is interested in health policy and developmental studies. His goal is to work in the public health sector and improve access to public health services and health education for impoverished children and pregnant women. His interest in health policy stems from witnessing the enormous gap between the very rich and the very poor and the dramatic effects of poverty on public health.

For two and a half months, each summer since 2004, Mr. Blanco Rojas has been involved in a program conducted by the Public Health Department of the State of Alto Paraná, Paraguay. Together with volunteer nurses he visits the poorest areas of the state to give free vaccines to children and pregnant mothers.

Mr. Blanco Rojas believes that effective program should be created at the local level, where things really happen and people's lives are truly touched. He hopes that Princeton's Junior Summer Institute will provide him with a deeper insight into international relations and strengthen his quantitative, analytical, and leadership skills.

Princeton University provides a $1500 stipend, travel, meal and lodging expenses, summer program tuition and fees, textbooks, and access to Princeton University's libraries, athletic facilities, and health services.

The Ben Luján Leadership and Public Policy Institute seeks to "Create the Next Generation of Leaders." The Institute has been the namesake of the New Mexico Speaker of the House since 2005. It supports student leadership activities that result in shaping public policy. The Institute houses five centers named for Bill Richardson, Manuel Luján Jr., Jerry Apodaca, Toney Anaya, and Samuel Montoya. The centers support leadership development, learning opportunities, research, and community service that have important policy implications.