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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
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Prospective Students

The award-winning Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program has emerged as one of the best living-learning communities in the country.

Our mission is to elevate the intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and success of enterprising students for postbaccalaureate education, impactful citizenship, and lifelong achievement. We bring together students of high potential and groom them for leadership in government, law, business, health, communications, education, and international service.

Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars are dedicated to the betterment of the human condition and a lifetime of giving.


How the Program Benefits You

Scholarships: Every Scholar receives full tuition, as well as general fees, books, on-campus housing, and a generous meal plan. This scholarship is renewable for a total of four years of undergraduate study, provided scholars satisfy academic performance and program requirements.

Customized Career and Academic Planning: Each Scholar creates and implements a personal and professional development plan, tailored to his or her short-term and long-term goals.

International Engagement: Scholars can leverage our local and global resources to better understand challenges in North America, Asia, Africa, Europe, and other areas of the world.



The scholarship is only open to first-year students. Interested students who would like to be considered for the scholarship must complete the application by January 15.

Undergraduate Admissions and the FDDS Faculty Advisory Committee will assess candidates based on their academic performance, leadership experience, and demonstrated commitment to positive social change. 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.

Athletes and first-generation students are strongly encouraged to apply.


Application Deadline

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