Flinn Scholars embark on new educational and career paths

May 21, 2020

By Chris Farrington

Each year as the Flinn Scholars Program welcomes a new class, another group of Flinn Scholars transition to alumni as they continue their educational and professional pursuits in Arizona, across the United States, and the far reaches of the world.

Several of this year’s outgoing Scholars—who share in short videos below reflections on their Flinn Scholars experience—will remain in Arizona to attend medical school, graduate school, finish a paid internship, and enter the workforce in finance, tech, and other industries.

Other Scholars will pursue medical, law, doctorate, and master’s degrees at institutions around the country, while two will go overseas for graduate school, and another to work for the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia.

The outgoing Scholars, who attended Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona, majored in mechanical engineering, modern languages, global health, accountancy, linguistics, musical theatre, neuroscience, anthropology, astrophysics, biological sciences, computer science, German studies and other fields of study.

The 19 outgoing Flinn Scholars are:

Martín Blair

Will pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Arizona State University.


Nicole Bratsch

Will apply to medical school after spending the coming year in Latin America.


Cameron Carver

Will work in Namibia as the facilities engineer for the Cheetah Conservation Fund.


Anagha Deshpande

Will attend medical school at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Arizona.


Kara Dunn

Will work full-time before applying to graduate programs.


Enrique Andrés Favaro

Will continue his professional role as a financial controller.


Colton Flowers

Will pursue a doctorate in computational linguistics at the University of Cologne.


Maeve Kennedy

Will work at Mayo Clinic Arizona before applying to enter an M.D./Ph.D. program next year.


Martha Kiela

Will pursue a law degree at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.


Bailey Lenore Lockwood

Will complete a paid internship with El Rio Health and work on publishing her thesis research.


Antonia Marcheva

Will pursue a doctorate in energy, environmental and resource economics at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.


Aidan McGirr

Will pursue a master’s degree in global health and international policy in Europe.


Vaibhavi “Vaibu” Mohan

Will attend Tisch School of the Arts at New York University to pursue an M.F.A. in musical-theatre writing.


Ivette Montes

Will pursue full-time employment following graduation.


Yisha Ng

Will pursue full-time employment at NASA Johnson Space Center after earning a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.


Rohini Nott

Will attend medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


Tina Peng

Will pursue a doctorate in mathematics at University of Southern California.


Andrew Roberts

Will continue pursuing both a formal education at ASU and a career as a software engineer working on sustainable city-tech.


Maggie Zheng

Will work for Springboard in San Francisco.


The outgoing Flinn Scholars were honored during a May 14 celebration that also recognized the 2020 Flinn Scholars and their Distinguished Educators.

The Flinn Scholarship is valued at more than $120,000 and covers the cost of tuition, fees, housing and meals at one of Arizona’s three public universities, as well as study-abroad opportunities and other benefits.

The 19 outgoing Flinn Scholars will join the well-connected alumni community—a core part of the Flinn Scholars experience. Today, there are more than 650 current and alumni Scholars in the Flinn Scholars community.

Learn more:

Flinn Foundation selects top Arizona students for 35th class of Flinn Scholars

2020 Flinn Scholars thank educators in video messages