Annika Lynn Rodriguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico prior to attending Washington University. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the 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. She joined the Peace Corps after graduation and was sent to Honduras to aid people living in poverty. Tragically, she was killed in a flash flood while she was there. In remembering her, a friend said, “Annika gave herself wholeheartedly to every person who entered her life.”
Washington University’s 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.
Students who apply to any undergraduate division of Washington University may apply for the Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program. This internationally preeminent program is intended to foster a richly diverse educational atmosphere on campus and enhance the overall quality and diversity of the student body. 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.
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 March 30 - April 2, 2017, for the interviews and related activities. Washington University will pay for finalists' round-trip expenses within the United States and their expenses while in St. Louis during these four days.
- Submit an application for admission to the Class of 2021.
- Submit an Application for Academic Scholarships and Fellowships, checking the box for the Rodriguez Scholars Program.
- Write brief answers (each 150 words or less) to both of the following questions:
Consider the biography of Annika Rodriguez on this page, 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 community service activities show your dedication to the ideals embraced by the Rodriguez Scholars Program?
Keep a copy of your completed scholarship application.
- Describe a high school or community activity in which you have taken initiative. What was the outcome? What did you learn from the experience?
- What is one thing you would change about your community and why?