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Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Attending Graduation

Models of Excellence

The award-winning Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program is the foremost leadership development, career readiness, and graduate preparation program for Honors students in America today.

The program offers American University's most prestigious, merit-based scholarship (tuition, housing, meal plan, books, mandatory fees, and public transportation) to exceptional incoming first-year student leaders committed to multidimensional excellence.

Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars leverage the knowledge, experience, and network of influential alumni, faculty, and staff to foster a collaborative community in which they prepare for graduate/professional school, nurture their originality, and develop the specialized skills necessary for socially responsible leadership.