The Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program recognizes students of exceptional merit who demonstrate academic and leadership achievements, as well as the passion for community 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 different people.
Rodriguez Scholars may receive full-tuition scholarships with a $2,500 stipend or partial-tuition scholarships. The scholarship is renewed each year for the duration of the degree program, provided you progress academically and uphold the high standards of character required of scholars.
If selected as a Rodriguez Scholar, you will be expected to participate in a program that includes orientation, meetings with university and community leaders, academic support and advising, the Rodriguez First-Year Seminar, and events with other Rodriguez Scholars. Scholars are also expected to become involved in activities on campus and in community service projects.
For more information, visit the Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program website.
Students who apply to any undergraduate division of Washington University may apply for the Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program.
Interviews for Finalists
Finalists are notified by the end of February. There will be a series of virtual events including an interview in March 2022. Finalists must attend these virtual events and the interview to remain eligible.
- Submit an application for admission to the Class of 2026.
- Check that you are applying for the Rodriguez Scholars Program on your Common or Coalition Application.
- Write a brief answer (maximum 150 words) to the following question:
Describe a high school or community activity in which you have taken initiative. What were the challenges and outcomes? What did you learn?
- Write a short essay (maximum 250 words) on the following topic:
Consider the biography of Annika Rodriguez (below) and reflect upon your commitment to bringing diverse groups together and/or celebrating the cultures of diverse peoples. How do you demonstrate this commitment? How do your service activities demonstrate your dedication to the ideals embraced by the Rodriguez Scholars Program?
- Please note that these questions will be found in the optional Writing Supplement section of the Common Application.
- The scholarship committee will review the two required letters of recommendation submitted with your application for admission. To better understand you, the scholarship committee also requires a third letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to your contributions and commitment to the community.
All applications must be submitted by January 4, 2022.
Annika Lynn Rodriguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico prior to attending Washington University. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in international business from the Olin Business School in 1996. While a student, she was active with the Association of Latin American Students, serving as its president during her senior year. Annika was actively involved in Alpha Phi Omega— a national community service organization on campus. She joined the Peace Corps after graduation and was sent to Honduras to aid people living in poverty, where she was tragically killed in a flash flood. In remembering her, a friend said, “Annika gave herself wholeheartedly to every person who entered her life.”