Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program

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

The program offers American University's most prestigious, merit-based scholarship (full tuition, room, board, books, mandatory fees, and semester abroad) to exceptional incoming freshmen committed to excellence.

Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars draw on 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 distinctive skills necessary for socially responsible leadership.


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


We lead lives dedicated to empowering marginalized communities through philanthropy, advocacy, and engagement.


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


We harness our individual talents and our collective passion for impactful citizenship to find creative solutions to modern challenges.


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.