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.

Highlands University Students Win Scholarship to Attend Global Warming Conference in Los Angeles

LAS VEGAS-Feb. 26, 2009 – The Ben Luján Leadership and Public Policy Institute has awarded scholarships to four NMHU students to attend the Alliance to Harness Global Opportunities Conference International Symposium . Francisco Moreno, Ali Kermani, Will Jaremko-Wright, and Nicholas Maestas will attend the Los Angeles, CA conference, titled "The Global Clean Technology Forum," March 4-7, 2009. The scholarships were awarded based upon demonstration of academic and personal interests in environmental sustainability.

  • Francisco Moreno is a marketing student interested in informing and helping citizens to improve the quality of the environment. He previously worked for an electrical contractor learning to install electrical equipment and run a business. He also joined the army reserve and is currently a recruiting assistant in Las Vegas, NM.
  • Ali Kermani is studying computer science and previously received a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Solar Energy Engineering. Mr. Kermani volunteered cleaning forests, riverbanks and hiking trails in Sweden and Iran and seeks to learn to develop and apply computer software to the design and implementation of solar energy systems.
  • Will Jaremko-Wright is a forestry major and a cross-country athlete. In 2008, he worked for the NMHU Department of Natural Resources conducting research by collecting water flow rate information for the Gallinas River in 2008. It is his hope to bring sustainability to the way that people use natural resources such as water, forests, and minerals.
  • Nicholas Maestas, an undergraduate student, is a Resident Assistant, a Student Senator, and a member of the wrestling team. His role as Resident Assistant allows him to encourage a healthy living community and assist students with academic, social and personal concerns. Mr. Maestas spent the last two summers fighting wildfires across the southwest.

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.