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Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program
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Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8119

The Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program

The award-winning Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars are American University's premier academic community for exceptional students who are dedicated to improving under-resourced and under-served communities around the world. Since 1968, AU has awarded more than 2,000 Douglass scholarships to outstanding undergraduates from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The scholarship program enables these talented individuals to attend the best graduate and professional schools, pursue influential careers, and create meaningful change. Frederick Douglass scholars personify the best of AU: academic excellence, leadership, and active citizenship.


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


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

Application Deadline

Students must complete an application form by January 15.

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