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Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Attending Graduation

Models of Excellence

The award-winning Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars (FDDS) program is the foremost leadership development, career readiness, and graduate/professional school 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.

FDDS 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.