2017 Flinn Scholarship application now open

August 24, 2016

By Matt Ellsworth

Students who receive the Flinn Scholarship enjoy comprehensive financial support, as well as opportunities for hands-on research, often alongside other Scholars.

Next spring, 20 of the most outstanding high-school seniors in Arizona will be selected as the 32nd class of Flinn Scholars. Would you like to join this absolutely brilliant, fun-loving, globe-trotting community of young adults ready to make a difference in Arizona and the world?

Then do it!

The due date for the Flinn Scholarship application is Sunday, October 23, 2016, before the clock strikes midnight.

Before you start your application, familiarize yourself with the process described here and elsewhere on our website. Then follow the application link below and begin what might become the most rewarding experience of your life so far.

How the Flinn Scholarship Application Works

The Flinn Scholarship application is comprised of:

  • forms that collect biographical and family data and information about current studies, extracurricular activities, and employment;
  • three essay questions and five short-answer questions;
  • two teacher recommendations, submitted separately by your teachers;
  • a report and recommendation from your high school’s academic counselor, submitted separately by your counselor;
  • a copy of your transcript, uploaded by your counselor;
  • copies of your SAT and/or ACT score reports, sent directly to the Flinn Scholars Program (enter Code 2175). Scores from the September 10 ACT and October 1 SAT do count for our process.
Here are the 2017 Flinn Scholarship essay questions:
  • What book should all high-school students be required to read and why?
  • Tell us about a project or initiative you worked on that did not go as you planned or hoped.  What did you learn?
  • Lincoln University recently suspended its major in history. The president of the university explained the decision saying, “We must make decisions like these as we look toward the future and the needs of the changing workforce.” Do you believe job preparation should be a university’s main priority? Defend your answer.

This Is Important

It is your responsibility to ensure that all application components are submitted and received by the Flinn Scholars Program by the deadline. The deadline for applicants, as well as teachers and counselors, is Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

The application season is an incredibly demanding time for your teachers and counselors; they deserve advance notice if you would like them to write recommendations, and will likely welcome polite inquiries as the deadline approaches to confirm that they have been able to submit the recommendations.

Note: You cannot submit your completed application until your teachers and counselor submit their recommendations.

Application Tips

In scope and value, the Flinn Scholarship is unlike almost any other undergraduate scholarship in the United States. In fact, there are only a handful of states with strictly merit-based awards that compare: Colorado, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia. That’s about it.

Learn more about the Flinn Scholarship’s benefits and requirements, as well as review tips and frequently asked questions, from these five sections of our website:

International Travel
Professional-Leadership Internship Program
Details for Applicants

Now, it’s time for you to apply.

Ready to begin?

Start your Flinn Scholarship application  

You may send questions about the application process at any time to application@flinn.org.