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 40 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.
To be American University's foremost student and alumni leaders in pursuit of excellence.
To elevate the ideas, influence, and impact of enterprising students for creative problem-solving, post-baccalaureate education, and socially-responsible leadership.
We prioritize fairness, ethical decision-making, and sincere action over all else in everything that we do.
We lead lives dedicated to empowering communities through philanthropy, advocacy, and engagement.
We take risks, overcome setbacks, and never stop moving forward.
We harness our individual curiosity and our collective passion for impactful citizenship to creatively address modern challenges.
We interact, learn, and collaborate in a dignified, inclusive, and respectful manner while celebrating similarities and differences in opinion, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native/indigenous origin, age, sexual orientation, culture, religion, socio-economic difference, appearance, disability, mental health, geography, nationality, language, and accent.
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