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Prospective Students

The Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program has emerged as one of the nation’s premier personal and professional development programs specializing in undergraduate preparation for graduate and professional school.

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.

Douglass Scholars are dedicated to careers in social justice and the betterment of the human condition.

How the Program Benefits You

Scholarships: Every distinguished 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 Personal and Professional Development: Each scholar creates and implements a career and academic plan, strategically tailored to his or her short-term and long-term goals.

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

Eligibility

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.

The most competitive applicants:

  • are in the top 15% of their graduating class

 

  • demonstrate a lifelong commitment to careers in social justice and working for the advancement of people in need.


Athletes, first-generation students, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Application Deadline

Students must complete an application form by January 15.

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