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Arizona excellence: 2019 Flinn Scholars have been named


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Twenty Of Arizona’s Highest-achieving High-school Seniors Have Been Named Flinn Scholars And Will Receive Scholarships To Arizona’s Three Public Research Universities Valued At More Than $120,000. Photo Courtesy Flinn Foundation

Twenty of Arizona’s highest-achieving high-school seniors have been named Flinn Scholars and will receive scholarships to Arizona’s three public research universities valued at more than $120,000.

The merit-based award—which recipients accept in many instances over admission to the nation’s most prestigious universities—is a full ride that covers the cost of tuition, fees, housing and meals and provides funding for at least two study-abroad experiences plus additional benefits.

Record-Setting Applications

The Flinn Scholars Program, supported by the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation in partnership with the universities, selected the Class of 2019 Flinn Scholars from a record-high 894 applications, or an award rate of 2.2 percent.

The 34th class of Flinn Scholars features 20 students from the Phoenix metropolitan area, Tucson, Prescott, and Pinal County, representing 19 high schools.

“Each Flinn Scholar we meet is unique, but these students have something in common besides the capacity to excel in the classroom,” said Tammy McLeod, Flinn Foundation president and CEO. “They have deep dedication to their schools, communities, the future of Arizona, and the world. The Flinn Foundation is excited not only to announce this new class of Flinn Scholars but to see what lies ahead for them and our state.”

Arizona excellence: 2019 Flinn Scholars have been named 2019-Flinn-Scholars
Twenty of Arizona’s highest-achieving high-school seniors have been named Flinn Scholars and will receive scholarships to Arizona’s three public research universities valued at more than $120,000. Photo courtesy Flinn Foundation

First Flinn Scholars

The only school with two Flinn Scholars this year is Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center-Estrella Mountain, a charter school west of Phoenix. Those two students are the first Flinn Scholars from their school.

Four other high schools are also celebrating their first Flinn Scholar in 2019: Maricopa High School, Basha High School in Chandler, Gilbert Classical Academy High School, and BASIS Prescott.  

The 2019 Flinn Scholars named a variety of areas of study in their applications, including Mandarin, biochemistry, psychology, economics, mechanical and environmental engineering, mathematics, nursing, agribusiness, philosophy, biomedical science, and computer science. 

The Scholars will start undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona in August.

There are now nearly 650 current and alumni Flinn Scholars, with about 80 Scholars studying at the three universities at any time.

“The academic accomplishments, extracurricular involvement, and dedication to service this group has demonstrated are remarkable and we have high hopes for their future contributions,” said Anne Lassen, Flinn Scholars Program director. “We also want to commend all of the high-achieving students who applied and made this year’s selection so challenging.”

Flinn Scholarship Benefits

The Flinn Scholarship benefits, beyond covering eight semesters of tuition, fees, and housing and meals, include:

  • A three-week summer seminar in China for the full class following the freshman year, and at least one additional study-abroad experience;
  • Mentorship from top faculty and exposure to Arizona and global leaders, including leaders from Arizona’s business, civic, and academic communities;
  • Membership in a university honors college, with small classes, guest lectures, and research experiences;
  • Intellectual, cultural and social activities developed for Scholars by both the Flinn Foundation and the universities;
  • Fellowship in the Flinn Scholars community.

Qualifying for the Flinn Scholarship

The typical Flinn Scholar achieves at least a 3.5 grade-point average, a top-5 percent class rank, and a score of 1340 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT, and demonstrates exceptional leadership in extracurricular activities.

The Flinn Scholars Program, established in 1986, is operated by the Flinn Foundation Scholarship Program LLC and supported by the Flinn Foundation, a Phoenix-based private, nonprofit, grantmaking organization.

The Foundation, founded in 1965 by the late Dr. Robert and Irene Flinn, also supports the advancement of Arizona’s bioscience sector, arts and culture, and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and its flagship Flinn-Brown Academy.