Flinn Scholars Program announces 35 Finalists for 2021 scholarship

January 29, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

Nearly 1,000 Arizona high-school seniors applied last fall for the Class of 2021 Flinn Scholarship.

And now, only 35 students remain in the running to earn one of the nation’s most prestigious merit-based scholarships.

The Class of 2021 Flinn Scholarship Finalists will interview in March with a four-person Selection Committee comprised of distinguished Arizona leaders for an opportunity to be chosen as one of 20 Flinn Scholars.

While most of the Finalists are from the Phoenix and Tucson areas, two of the students live in Casa Grande, and one each in Chinle, Dewey-Humboldt, Page, Rio Rico, and Yuma. Six high schools have two Finalists each— BASIS Ahwatukee in Phoenix, BASIS Phoenix, Gilbert Classical Academy, Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, Tempe High School, and University High School in Tucson.

The Finalists, who attend district, charter, private, and online schools, advanced from the group of 78 Semifinalists that interviewed with three-person panels earlier this month.

“Our Selection Committee will have a very difficult task in choosing the Class of 2021 Flinn Scholars,” said Anne Lassen, Flinn Foundation vice president of scholarship and education initiatives. “The 35 Finalists are all incredibly gifted student leaders, representing a diverse mix of schools and cities, who we would be proud to have as Flinn Scholars.”

The Class of 2021 application cycle, which began in August, ultimately yielded 951 applications from 209 high schools, 73 cities and towns, and 13 of the state’s 15 counties. Selected candidates will earn a full-ride scholarship to one of Arizona’s three state universities.

The Flinn Scholarship, which includes funding for tuition, housing, meals, and study abroad, is valued at more than $120,000. At any time, about 80 Flinn Scholars are attending the Honors colleges at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona.

The 36th class of Flinn Scholars will be announced by the Flinn Foundation in April.

The Class of 2021 Flinn Scholarship Finalists (including high school and city of residence):

Maleka Abdi, Desert View High School, Tucson

Hanaan Abdulle, Highland High School, Gilbert

Parris Adams, Page High School, Page

Benny Aguilar, Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix

Nikita Bharati, Chandler Online Academy, Chandler

Ivan Carrillo, Nogales High School, Rio Rico

Evan Chaparro, Vista Grande High School, Casa Grande

Kiera Charley, Navajo Preparatory School, Chinle

Abhi Desai, Pinnacle High School, Phoenix

Merlin D’souza, Casa Grande Union High School, Casa Grande

Sophia Hammer, Gilbert Classical Academy, Gilbert

Simona Hausleitner, BASIS Phoenix, Scottsdale

Jordyn Hitzeman, BASIS Ahwatukee, Phoenix

Brinlee Kidd, Bradshaw Mountain High School, Dewey-Humboldt

Brynn Kramer, Pinnacle High School, Scottsdale

Olivier Lafontant-Joseph, BASIS Mesa, Mesa

Ananya Lakhotia, Arizona College Prep Erie Campus, Chandler

Makenna Ley, University High School, Tucson

Sylvia Lopez, Liberty High School, Peoria

Sakina Lord, Bioscience High School, Phoenix

Carol Lu, University High School, Tucson

Aryan Mathur, Chandler High School, Gilbert

Clara Moffitt, Tempe Preparatory Academy, Tempe

Jasmine Norris, Dobson High School, Chandler

Surabhi Sajith, BASIS Ahwatukee, Tempe

Naomi Solomon, BASIS Phoenix, Phoenix

Maya Steinberg, Tempe High School, Tempe

Josh Tint, Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson

Eugenia Trakal, Gilbert Classical Academy, Gilbert

Jennifer Tran, Mesquite High School, Gilbert

Netia Unger, Westview High School, Goodyear

Shirley Wang, Desert Vista High School, Phoenix

Tyler Wright, Tempe High School, Tempe

Mitch Zakocs, Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix

David Zaragoza, Gila Ridge High School, Yuma