36 Finalists to interview for the Flinn Scholarship

January 29, 2024

By brianpowell

More than 1,000 Arizona high-school seniors applied in the fall for a chance at earning the prestigious 2024 Flinn Scholarship and a full ride to an Arizona public university.

The 80 Semifinalists announced in early January were interviewed virtually last week.

And today, there remain 36 Flinn Scholarship Finalists, who will interview in March with the program’s Selection Committee with the hope of becoming one of this year’s 20 Flinn Scholars.

The Flinn Scholars Class of 2024 will be announced by the Flinn Foundation in April.

The Flinn Scholarship Finalists represent 30 traditional public, charter, and private high schools from seven Arizona counties—Coconino, Maricopa, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Yavapai.

Six high schools have two Finalists each—Arizona College Prep High School in Chandler, Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Maricopa High School in the city of Maricopa, Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, and University High School in Tucson.

The 39th class of Flinn Scholars will receive funding for tuition, housing, meals, and study abroad—a value of more than $130,000—and attend Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona in the fall.

“While we say there is not a blueprint for a Flinn Scholar, the selected Finalists all impressed their interviewers, not only with their academic excellence in the classroom, but with their school leadership and dedication to improving their communities,” said Anne Lassen, Flinn Foundation vice president, scholarship and education initiatives. “We are excited to meet in person and get to know our Finalists over the coming weeks as they visit Arizona’s universities and learn about all the opportunities available to them as students in the Honors colleges.”

The Class of 2024 Flinn Scholarship Finalists, including high school and city of residence, are:

Carolyn Austin, Shadow Ridge High School, El Mirage

Mayte Bañuelos, Nogales High School, Nogales

Gowri Shankar Biju, Hamilton High School, Chandler

Vyktorianna Bowler, Holbrook High School, Holbrook

Molly Budhiraja, BASIS Peoria, Glendale

Nicholas Carlsson, Gilbert Classical Academy High School, Gilbert

Nico Castagna, Arizona College Prep High School, Mesa

Leanna Payan Delgado, Pueblo High Magnet School, Tucson

Saige Douglass, Arizona School for the Arts, Scottsdale

Mikah Dyer, Ironwood High School, Peoria

Nathaniel George, Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix

Sage Glonek, Queen Creek High School, San Tan Valley

Swanuja Godasi, Arizona College Prep High School, Chandler

Chloe Greetis, Chaparral High School, Phoenix

Luis Hernandez, Bioscience High School, Phoenix

Filimon Kednmarey, Maricopa High School, Maricopa

Emma Langlais, Ironwood Ridge High School, Tucson

Katherine Lee, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff

Gabriel Lopez, Gilbert High School, Gilbert

Allison Mannon, Williams Field High School, Gilbert

Jared Matheson, University High School, Tucson

Lauren Pfaff, Sedona Red Rock High School, Sedona

Ariana Rahman, BASIS Chandler, Chandler

Zahrah Ralph, Mountain Ridge High School, Peoria

Seth Rojas, Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson

Timothy Russoniello, Maricopa High School, Maricopa

Brendan Salisbury, Barry Goldwater High School, Desert Hills

Yameen Sekandari, Mountain Ridge High School, Glendale

Nikhil Sethi, Saguaro High School, Phoenix

Joshua Tom, Lincoln Preparatory Academy, Chandler

Jennifer Orozco Torres, University High School, Tucson

Gaven Trusty, Bradshaw Mountain High School, Dewey-Humboldt

Edward Wang, BASIS Flagstaff, Flagstaff

Jake Weiss, Saguaro High School, Scottsdale

Ruby Wray, Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson

Savannah Yu, Desert Vista High School, Phoenix

Read more: 80 Arizona high-school seniors named 2024 Flinn Scholarship Semifinalists