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Frederick Douglass Scholarship Program


For Prospective Students:
Phone: 202-885-6500
Fax: 202-885-1025

For Current or Continuing Students:
Phone: 202-885-8000

Contact Information

Established in 2009, the vision of the Frederick Douglass Scholarship (FDDS) program is to be the premier academic community for American University's most ambitious student and alumni leaders dedicated to excellence, social justice, and the sustainable advancement of under-resourced and underserved communities.
Bringing together the best of AU – world-class education, leadership development, and active citizenship – the FDDS program will elevate the college-to-career experience of our most enterprising Honors students and propel them into successful careers in domestic and international health, business, government, law, communications, and education. To this end, American University has designed programs and established partnerships that precipitate a mutually respectful community of scholars where our students and alumni share in a greater purpose to develop to their full potential; to contribute to the intellectual, social, and political environment of the institution; to proactively prepare for graduate and professional school; and to address the world’s most pressing economic, environmental, and social challenges.

The FDDS program offers a scholarship that provides full tuition, fees, books, room, and board. It is renewable for a total of four years of undergraduate study, provided scholars maintain a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA. Students applying as freshmen who would like to be considered for the scholarship are encouraged to complete the FDDS Program application by the priority deadline of December 15. Preference will be given to first-generation students as well as those committed to working in communities of color in the United States. While we encourage applications from all ambitious, well-rounded students, the most competitive applicants will have a minimum:

  • 3.3 GPA (unweighted) or 3.5 GPA (weighted) and
  • 1190 SAT (critical reading/math) or 26 ACT

For more information, contact the Frederick Douglass Scholarship Program at 202-885-6213 or  

To Apply

To apply to the Frederick Douglass Scholarship Program, please select your interest in the program on your application. The application will be available by Monday, September 15. Notification of admission to the FDDS Program will not be released until April 1, regardless of your application deadline.

Frederick Douglass Scholars Program

Frederick Douglass

Bringing together the best of AU—academic excellence, leadership development, and international engagement—to prepare talented students for the top graduate and professional schools.

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