Established in 2009, the vision of the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars (FDDS) program is to be the premier academic community for American University's most ambitious student and alumni leaders dedicated to excellence, social justice, and the sustainable advancement of under-resourced and underserved communities.
Bringing together the best of AU – world-class education, leadership development, and active citizenship – the FDDS program will elevate the college-to-career experience of our most enterprising Honors students and propel them into successful careers in domestic and international health, business, government, law, communications, and education. To this end, American University has designed programs and established partnerships that precipitate a mutually respectful community of scholars where our students and alumni share in a greater purpose to develop to their full potential; to contribute to the intellectual, social, and political environment of the institution; to proactively prepare for graduate and professional school; and to address the world’s most pressing economic, environmental, and social challenges.
The FDDS program offers a scholarship that provides full tuition, fees, books, room, and board. It is renewable for a total of four years of undergraduate study, provided scholars maintain a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA. Students applying as freshmen who would like to be considered for the scholarship must complete the FDDS Program application by January 15. Preference will be given to first-generation students as well as those committed to working in communities of color in the United States. While we encourage applications from all ambitious, well-rounded students, the most competitive applicants will have a minimum:
- 3.2 GPA (unweighted) or 3.4 GPA (weighted) and
- 1150 SAT (critical reading/math) or 25 ACT.
For more information, contact the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program at 202-885-6213 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply to the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program, please select your interest in the program on your application. You must also respond to the question, which can be accessed here. Notification of admission to the FDDS Program will not be released until April 1, regardless of your application deadline.