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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 program is American University's premier Honors community for our most exceptional student leaders. Since 2010, AU has awarded more than 35 Frederick Douglass Distinguished scholarships to incoming first-year students with outstanding self-awareness, extraordinary drive, and first-rate social skills. The scholarship program distinctively prepares this new generation of socially responsible leaders for complex challenges in an ever-changing world. Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars personify the best of AU: entrepreneurial thinking, diversity, and impactful citizenship.


To be American University’s foremost student and alumni leaders in pursuit of excellence.


To elevate the ideas, influence, and impact of enterprising students for creative problem-solving, post-baccalaureate education, and socially-responsible leadership. 



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


We lead lives dedicated to empowering marginalized communities through philanthropy, advocacy, and engagement.


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


We harness our individual talents and our collective passion for impactful citizenship to find creative solutions to modern challenges.


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.

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