Annika Rodriguez

Annika RodriguezAnnika 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.


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  1. Michael mitchell class of 1982 June 30, 2016 at 6:21 am #

    My name is Michael Mitchell. I served in Us Navy during Lebanon war. I took leave from military in chameleon cortes Honduras where I met my Hondurans wife from chamelecon in 1987. I stayed with her very very poor family while on leave but I got sick had to be airlifted to USA in 1987. I lost contact with my fiancee till I returned to Honduras after I got out military an came in contact with my new Peace corps friend. Barbara cooper Haas who served in Honduras in yr I got married to my fiancee Doris Hernandez Guzman 1990. I lost contact with my friend in peace corp an my wife try to find both of them but no avail. My wife could died in terrorist bus attack on Christmas Eve 2004 or during Hurricane Mitch try to find barbara or my wife or both if any body that might did service with barbara can any person help me
    I am from Alma Michigan went to high school in Massillon Ohio in 80s.
    I served in Us Navy 6 last visit to Honduras WS when I was with barbara an my wife 1993 month of April. I hear over 10000 Honduras citizens missing because of Mitch. If any person see my message please contact me on Facebook. Michael Mitchell Massillon Ohio.

  2. Vilma Martinez February 17, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    I would like to know how to contact Annika Rodriguez family in Puerto Rico. I am honduran and I’m closely related to her story and would like to contact her parents.

    • Claudia Romeu July 4, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

      Dear Vilma,

      I am in close contact with some of her friends in Puerto Rico, and I am also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and a Washington University Annika Rodriguez Scholar. Annika deeply influenced my life. I would love to talk to you! You may also check out a short video I made about her:

      Looking forward to hearing from you

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