1. Where can I find the FDDS application?
To apply to the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program, you must complete the program application.
Students can apply for and learn more about other special academic programs here.
2. When will I receive notice of my acceptance or denial into the program?
All applicants to the FDDS program will be notified of their status by Admissions on or before April.
3. Do I have to be Black or Latino to apply?
Our program offers a merit-based scholarship. FDDS are selected based on scholastic achievement, leadership experience, and demonstrated interest in graduate/professional school. Scholars are diverse in gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, and ethnicity.
4. Do I have to major in political science or sociology to apply?
FDDS are not tied to a certain major. We have a variety of majors and minors. Public Health, International Relations, Business, Education, and Communications are just some of the areas of study that our scholars are currently studying.
5. Are FDDS considered Honors students?
Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars have the option of enrolling in the American University Honors program after the first year of study. FDDS live among students participating in all Honors and Scholars programs.
6. Can international students apply?
International students are not eligible to apply for the scholarship. Those eligible to apply are current citizens or permanent residents in the United States and are of senior standing in high school.
7. Can transfer students apply?
Transfer students are not eligible to apply for the scholarship. Those eligible to apply are current citizens or permanent residents in the United States and are of senior standing in high school.
8. When is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the FDDS program can be found here.
9. Does applying as early decision or regular decision affect my application?
Applying early decision does not affect a student's application and will not weigh in favor or against the applicant.
10. How many students are accepted into the program each year?
The Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program annually admits five first year students.
11. What is the difference between the Frederick Douglass Scholarship and the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program?
The Frederick Douglass Scholarship is a partial merit-based scholarship awarded by Admissions. This is entirely separate from the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars (FDDS) program. The FDDS program awards participants the institution's most prestigious scholarship of full tuition, room, board, books, UPass and mandatory fees.
12. Can I be considered for the FDDS program as test optional?
Yes, American University and the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program admit students on a test optional basis.
13. Will my FDDS application be used for consideration towards other programs, such as the AU Honors program?
No, your application to FDDS will only be used for consideration towards the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program. To be considered for the AU Honors program, you will need to complete the AU Honors program application on their website.
14. If I am accepted into the program, am I allowed to defer and take a gap year?
Students accepted into FDDS are not allowed to defer admission.
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