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Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program
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The Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program


The award-winning Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program is American University's premier Honors community for exceptional students who are dedicated to improving under-resourced and under-served communities. Since 2010, AU has awarded more than 25 Douglass Distinguished scholarships to outstanding undergraduates with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment. The scholarship program prepares these talented individuals to lead meaningful and measurable change in an ever-changing and complex world. Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars personify the best of AU: innovation, entrepreneurial thinking, and active citizenship.

Vision

To be the most inspirational, influential, and celebrated student and alumni leaders dedicated to excellence, inclusion, and the advancement of underserved, under-resourced communities in the history of American University.

Mission

To elevate the intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and success of enterprising students for post-baccalaureate education, impactful citizenship, and lifelong achievement.

Core Values

INTEGRITY
We prioritize ethical decision-making and sincere action over all else in everything that we do. 

SERVICE
We lead lives dedicated to empowering underserved and under-resourced populations through advocacy, education, and community engagement. 

EXCELLENCE
We maximize our social and intellectual capital with our expectation of high achievement and world-class leadership. 

INNOVATION
We harness our individual talents and our collective passion for social change to find creative solutions to pressing challenges, both domestically and abroad. 

EQUITY
We cultivate a community where individuals can learn, work, and interact in a supportive and collegial manner while celebrating differences in race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion, and opinion.

Application Deadline

Students must complete an application form by January 15.

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