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.

VISION

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

MISSION

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

CORE VALUES

INTEGRITY

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

ALTRUISM

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

AMBITION

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

INNOVATION

We harness our individual curiosity and our collective passion for impactful citizenship to creatively and collaboratively address modern challenges.

BELONGING

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.