Goliard Scholar: 1996

Alejandro Hernandez:  Human Rights in Honduras

Each year Rice students vie for coveted scholarships: the Goliard Travel Scholarship, which funds domestic as well as international travel; the Brotzen Summer Travel Award, which enables an undergraduate to spend three months studying in a foreign country; and the John E. Parish Fellowships for international travel.

The scholarships are open only to Rice students and are designed to broaden a person's experience through foreign travel between the spring and fall semesters. Each award covers most travel expenses.

The recipients include Alejandro Hernandez, a Will Rice freshman, who received the Goliard, and Megan O'Grady, a Will Rice junior, who received the Brotzen. Other winners are Ryan Krech, a Will Rice junior, and Gerald Falchook, a Sid Rich senior, who received Parish awards.

Hernandez, a native of Honduras, will travel to his homeland where he will work as the assistant of Leo Valladares Lanza, the Honduran human rights commissioner, during a trial of three soldiers accused of atrocities.

"As I began to read the stories of the atrocities committed by military men during the 1980s, I was disgusted," said Hernandez, who lived most of his life overseas because his father was in the foreign service. "It is my most sincere hope that something that I learn during my weeks in Honduras ... will make a modest contribution to shed light on the atrocious occurrences that my country endured during military rule."


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