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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 exceptional students dedicated to meaningful and measurable change. Since 2010, AU has awarded more than 30 Frederick Douglass Distinguished scholarships to high-achieving undergraduates with outstanding leadership experience and civic commitment. 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, innovation, and impactful citizenship.


To be American University’s foremost student and alumni leaders committed to excellence, inclusion, and the enrichment of marginalized communities.


To elevate the ideas, influence, and impact of enterprising students for creative collaboration, post-baccalaureate achievement, and a lifetime of giving.

Core Values

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

We lead lives dedicated to empowering underserved and under-resourced populations through advocacy, education, and community engagement. 

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

We harness our individual talents and our collective passion for social change to find creative solutions to pressing challenges, both domestically and abroad. 

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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