High-achieving Arizona high school seniors are encouraged to consider applying for the 2004 Flinn Scholarship, a four-year award to an Arizona public university valued at more than $40,000. In addition to covering virtually all expenses, the package includes study-travel opportunities abroad, faculty mentorship, invitations to cultural and academic events, and other benefits.
Applicants must be Arizona residents and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average, a ranking in the top 5 percent of the graduating class, a minimum score of 1280 on the SAT test or 29 on the ACT, and demonstrated leadership abilities in school and community activities.
The application is posted on the Web site of Princeton Review, the nation’s largest service provider of online applications for colleges and universities. It will remain online until the submission deadline of October 24. The entire application process–including biographical data, academic and extracurricular information, essays, and letters of reference from counselors and teachers–is completed and submitted online.
Nearly 400 students apply for 20 Flinn Scholarship awards every year. Approximately 75 applicants will be invited to participate in regional interviews in northern, central, and southern Arizona in the winter, and about 45 finalists will be asked back for an interview with the Selection Committee in early spring. Scholarships are offered in late March, and students have until late April to accept the award.
Now in its 19th year, the Flinn Scholars Program is among a small handful of statewide or regional merit-based undergraduate scholarship programs run by a private philanthropies. In addition to eight semesters of study at an Arizona university, the scholarship award includes a three-week intensive seminar in Eastern Europe; an additional study/travel experience abroad or in the United States; mentorship by a university faculty member in the Scholar’s field of study; invitations to cultural events and activities designed to introduce the Scholars to leaders in various fields; and opportunities to participate with university faculty in research programs and professional meetings.
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