Featured image of Nepali farmer, courtesy of ICIMOD. (c) M. Cairns
Bella Culotta (Ithaca, NY), a 2016 New York Youth Institute delegate, has been awarded a prestigious Borlaug-Ruan International Internship this summer at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The Borlaug-Ruan internship program of the World Food Prize was established nearly two decades ago, and has sent 270 outstanding high school students abroad to work on issues of food security and hunger relief in the developing world. The New York Youth Institute has a strong tradition of sending highly-qualified students to the annual Global Youth Institute in Iowa, and several New York delegates to the GYI have been awarded Borlaug-Ruan internships since the NYYI was established in 2009.
Bella, an Ithaca High School student, has committed to Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and will begin her studies in 2018 after a year of work domestically and abroad. She will depart for Nepal this month to begin work at ICIMOD, and will join the 23 other 2017 Borlaug-Ruan interns from around the country in October for the World Food Prize laureate ceremony and Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines.