Julie Williams

2019 – Tampa, Florida

Major/Field of academic interest: Public Policy, Ethics

Julie graduated from Robinson High School’s International Baccalaureate Program in Tampa, FL. She was a National Achievement winner, a PCA Triple-Impact Competitor Scholar, World of Westchase Scholar, an AP Scholar with Distinction, and a member of the National and Spanish National Honor Societies. Julie was president and founder of RHS Strong Legs for Shriners Hospital Club, an organization that connected Robinson students with hospital patients. She interned for US Congresswoman Kathy Castor as well as spent time in Madrid, Spain as an exchange student. She was on her school’s state champion cheerleading team and served as captain her senior year. She was named 2015 Hillsborough County Cheerleader of the Year.

Julie is an avid singer and sings national anthems at professional sporting events. In high school, she was a member of an acoustic duo in Tampa singing at local restaurants, weddings, and private parties. At Duke, Julie is a signed recording artist at Small Town Records, a student-run record label, and is in the process of recording her first EP. She is also a vocalist for the Duke Jazz Ensemble.

Julie aims to major in Public Policy with an ethics certificate. She is a passionate advocate for refugees and participated in a DukeImmerse program in Spring 2016 where she travelled to Amman, Jordan to interview Syrian and Iraqi refugees. In Durham, she is a tutor for refugee youth and a member of the Kenan Refugee Project, a community based research and advocacy group through the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Julie values the importance of a global education and plans to study abroad in a human rights program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After her freshman year, Julie used her Reggie summer enrichment fund to travel to Sliema, Malta where she interned for a non-profit, writing articles on refugees and migration.

Julie is extremely grateful for the opportunities that the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholarship program has afforded her. She looks forward to giving back to the Duke community through service and academic excellence.