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Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars

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Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars

The Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars (FDDS) program prepares its students and alumni for graduate/professional school, career management, and socially responsible leadership. We annually award one AU’s most selective, merit-based scholarships (tuition, housing, meal plan, books, mandatory fees, and public transportation) to five incoming first-year student leaders committed to the pursuit of multidimensional excellence. The FDDS program is one of the most selective, merit-based scholars programs for students interested in attending American University.

Why Become a FDDS?

We foster a collaborative community in which some of the most passionate, forward-thinking, and brightest students leverage the knowledge, experience, and network of distinguished alumni, faculty, and staff to effectively prepare for graduate/professional school, nurture their originality, and develop the specialized skills necessary for socially responsible leadership.

Who Are We Looking For?

We seek ambitious, introspective, and optimistic student leaders with curiosity, strong academic records, outstanding self-awareness, demonstrated leadership experience, creative ability, and interest in having a meaningful impact as servant leaders in whatever fields, industries and organizations in which they chose to apply their passions, skill sets and intellectual curiosity. We are looking for individuals desirous of an opportunity to contribute to a collective, serve the AU and DC communities and beyond and who ascribe, philosophically, to a pay-it-forward mentality.