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 School of Business 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 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.