PRHS Grad Named Princeton University Service Scholar

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 11:02 AM


A Pine-Richland High School graduate is one, of 12 students at Princeton University, who has been selected for the 2019 cohort of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI).

2015 PRHS graduate Julia Herrle, who is a senior in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, is pursuing certificates in Environmental Studies and in Values and Public Life.

She is passionate about improving global food security and is particularly interested in the relationships between food insecurity and conflict and between agriculture, climate change, and environmental degradation.

In summer 2018, as the SINSI Intern Class of 2018 Frank C. Carlucci ’52 Scholar, Herrle worked in the Secretary’s Office of Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State. The previous summer, she interned at Bioversity International in Nepal, conducting research on improving resiliency of agriculture in Himalayan villages. In summer 2016, Herrle taught English in Paris, France. Herrle is a recipient of the R.W. van de Velde award for outstanding junior independent work.

Established in 2006, SINSI is designed to encourage, support and prepare the nation’s top students to pursue careers in the U.S. federal government, in both international and domestic agencies. Through rigorous academic training integrated with work experience, the goal of the highly competitive scholarship program is to provide students with the language and workplace skills needed to succeed in the public policy arena.

At Princeton, she is involved in the Pace Center for Civic Engagement as a project leader and mentor for Community House Big Sibs and as a project leader for Meals on Wheels. In addition, she works as a supervisor for TigerCall in the Office of Annual Giving and is involved in Princeton Women in Economics and Policy.

“Princeton has given me incredible opportunities through coursework, internships, research, volunteering, and mentorship to expand my perspective and better understand the complex causes of global issues, especially those related to food insecurity and the environment,” said Julia. “I am so thankful for the wonderful teachers and staff at Pine-Richland School District who ignited my love of learning and helped me build a strong foundation for Princeton, and for the friends I made at PR who have continued to be an important support system throughout college. I am excited to continue building on this foundation over the next four years as I more deeply investigate global food security policy, international development, environmental issues, and diplomacy at the Wilson School and at federal government agencies in D.C. and abroad.”

Biography and program information provided by Princeton University; Sarah M. Binder, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Feb. 12, 2019.