Frederick Douglass Scholarship

Frederick Douglass, the great abolitionist and human rights activist, was also a great orator and writer. For many years he called Rochester, N.Y., home. Education was important to him. The RIT Frederick Douglass Scholarship assists qualified students in their educational journey and awards up to $10,000.


All applicants must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate African American, Latin American or Native American (AALANA) student in good academic and judicial standing.
  • Have a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the end of the fall semester.
  • Demonstrate the following qualities (high school experience can be used): leadership, campus citizenship, and community service

Application Requirements

  1. Application form: Available through RIT myLife
  2. One 900-1200 word essay: Essay topics and guidance
  3. Two Letters of Recommendation: Recommenders will be automatically emailed template from list applicant provides during application process.
  4. Résumé


If you have any questions, please contact RIT’s Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) at 585-475-4704 or