“Guided by Annika’s story and surrounded by students who share her values, I have the encouragement and inspiration to contribute meaningfully to the Washington University community and the world beyond campus. The Scholars' unique backgrounds enrich our group discussions and allows us to treat sensitive issues with greater awareness. Moreover, the ambitions of my peers consistently remind me of the endless possibilities for positive change."
Mahwah, New Jersey
- Multiple full-tuition scholarships with $2,500 stipends
- Multiple partial-tuition scholarships
- Renewable annually
- Rodriguez applicants may apply for other Academic Scholarship & Fellowship Programs that match their interests.
Students who apply to any undergraduate division of Washington University may apply for the Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program. This internationally pre-eminent program is intended to foster a richly diverse educational atmosphere on campus and to enhance the overall quality and diversity of the student body.
The university is seeking students of exceptional merit who demonstrate academic and leadership achievements and who have engaged in or shown a commitment to community service. An important component of this program is that students chosen exemplify the spirit of Annika Rodriguez and that they continue to honor her legacy.
The Rodriguez Program
Washington University’s Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program recognizes students of exceptional merit who demonstrate academic and leadership achievements, along with the passion for service exemplified by Annika Rodriguez. In keeping with the legacy of the program, applicants should demonstrate their commitment to, or a history of, bringing diverse groups together and celebrating the cultures of diverse people.
Those selected as Rodriguez Scholars are expected to participate in a program designed for them, including orientation to Washington University, meetings with University and community leaders, academic support and advising, the Rodriguez Freshman Seminar, and events with other Rodriguez Scholars. The Scholars are expected to become involved in activities on campus and in community service projects.
Annika Lynn Rodriguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico prior to attending Washington University. She received a B.S.B.A. degree from the University’s Olin Business School in 1996, majoring in international business. While a student, she was active with the Association of Latin American Students, serving as its president during her senior year. Annika planned the first Latin American Awareness Week on campus, educating Washington University students about issues affecting Latin America, as well as teaching merengue and other dances.
She joined the Peace Corps after graduation and was sent to Honduras to help aid people living in poverty. Tragically, she was killed in a flash flood while there. In remembering her, a friend said, “Annika gave herself wholeheartedly to every person who entered her life.”
The Rodriguez Scholars Program is open to both U.S. citizens and international students. Awards are based on academic achievement (strong grades and SAT or ACT scores), a commitment to serving historically underprivileged populations, the ability to bring diverse people together, application answers and essay, and recommendations received as part of the admission application.
On-Campus Interviews for Finalists
The Rodriguez Scholars Committee will evaluate applications and invite finalists to Washington University for personal interviews. To remain eligible for scholarships, finalists will need to come to Washington University for the interviews and related activities. Washington University will pay all for finalists' round-trip expenses within the United States and their expenses while in St. Louis during these four days.