Flinn Foundation

Improving the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.

Flinn Scholars

Providing world-class undergraduate education in partnership with Arizona’s public universities.

icon
Learn how to prepare for the Class of 2022 Flinn Scholarship application.
icon
Tuition. Housing. Study Abroad. Community. And much more.
icon
Learn what it takes to apply for the Flinn Scholarship.
icon
Flinn Scholars begin in Arizona. Their journeys take them throughout the world.
icon
Browse profiles of Flinn Scholars and a searchable database from 1986 to today.
icon
Meet the 2020 Flinn Scholars and read stories about the Scholars and the application process.

Connect with Flinn Scholars: Stay up to date.


Flinn Scholars

The Flinn Scholarship

The Flinn Scholarship isn’t about what you get. It’s about who you become and the impact you make. With the world-class education made possible by the Flinn Scholarship, you can become an agent of discovery, creativity and leadership who will make a difference.  

The Flinn Scholarshipvalued at more than $120,000covers tuition, fees, housing, and meals at one of Arizona’s public universities, plus study abroad. Each year, about 20 top high-school seniors are chosen to learn from amazing faculty, business leaders, and civic innovators and join a vibrant, eclectic communityincluding a powerful alumni network. 

What’s the Flinn Scholar blueprint? There is none. Scholars emerge from throughout Arizona and become leaders in every discipline you can imagine. 


Flinn Scholars

Three Flinn Scholars share thoughts on Life Hack Day

Earlier this year, the Flinn Scholars community gathered from their homes around Arizona and across the country for Life Hack Day—an annual career-development event conducted for the first time via videoconference. More than 70 Flinn Scholars currently attending Arizona universities spoke with Scholar alumni about topics such as choosing a career direction, networking, personal finance, and creating a work-life balance.

Three current Flinn Scholars wrote reflections about the day and what the Flinn Scholar community means to them. [Read more]


Flinn Scholars

Flinn Scholar alum and pediatrician Dr. Mia Henderson is fulfilling her lifelong dream

Dr. Mia Henderson, a Class of 2001 Flinn Scholar from Sierra Vista and University of Arizona graduate, is serving as a general pediatrician at the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation. An M.D./Ph.D. with a master’s degree in secondary education, Mia has desired since elementary school to be a pediatrician for families with trouble affording health care.

Amazing, inspiring, and supportive is how Mia describes the Flinn Scholars community as she shares in her own words how the Flinn Scholarship impacted her journey. [Meet Mia]


Flinn Scholars

Flinn Scholars Program announces 35 Finalists for 2021 scholarship

The Class of 2021 Flinn Scholarship Finalists—35 excelling Arizona high-school seniors—will interview in March for an opportunity to be selected 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 36th class of Flinn Scholars will be announced by the Flinn Foundation in April. [Meet the Finalists]


Flinn Scholars

Flinn Scholar alums in health care reflect on COVID-19 vaccination

Over the past 35 years, students in the Flinn Scholars Program have pursued careers in dozens of fields, from software engineering, to the diplomatic corps, to filmmaking. But no area has drawn more Flinn Scholars—more than 80 in all—than health care.

In 2020, then, Flinn Scholar alumni across the country have assumed frontline roles responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They range from Cathy Romero, a 1989 Flinn Scholar from Willcox High School, who now works as a family physician at the Gila Valley Clinic in Safford, serving the communities of rural southeast Arizona; to Shanan Immel, a 2011 Flinn Scholar from McClintock High School in Tempe, who graduated early from the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix to begin fighting the pandemic and began his internal-medicine residency in July at Tulane University in New Orleans. [Read More]


Flinn Scholars

Flinn Scholarship online information session targets future applicants

The Flinn Scholars Program invites high-school students, parents, teachers, and counselors to an online information session to learn about the benefits of the Flinn Scholarship, one of the nation’s most prestigious merit-based scholarships, and strategies to assist in building the strongest application.

The recorded session includes the deans of the honors colleges at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona as well as current Flinn Scholars sharing their perspectives on the Flinn community. Potential applicants are encouraged to learn more about BenefitsRequirementsStudy Abroad and Arizona’s Universities. In addition, application tips and FAQs are available on our website. [Learn More]


Details For

Applicants

A great Flinn Scholarship application has many components. But we only select students we believe we really know. Be yourself.

Learn More
Parents

There are a number of specific ways throughout your student’s high-school years to help ensure a strong application and candidacy.

Learn More
Teachers & Counselors

In addition to student-submitted materials, the application requires two teacher recommendations and a high-school academic counselor’s report.

Learn More

News and Updates

Flinn Scholars

Flinn Scholars reflect on Life Hack Day

Earlier this year, the Flinn Scholars community gathered from their homes around Arizona and across the country for Life Hack Day—an annual career-development event conducted for the first time via videoconference. More than 70 Flinn Scholars currently attending Arizona universities spoke with Scholar alumni about topics such as choosing a career direction, networking, personal finance, […]

Flinn Scholars

Flinn Scholar alum and pediatrician Dr. Mia Henderson is fulfilling her lifelong dream

Dr. Mia Henderson, a Class of 2001 Flinn Scholar from Sierra Vista and University of Arizona graduate, is serving as a general pediatrician at the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation. An M.D./Ph.D. with a master’s degree in secondary education, Mia has desired since elementary school to be a pediatrician for families with trouble affording health care. […]

Flinn Scholars

Flinn Scholars Program announces 35 Finalists for 2021 scholarship

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 […]

Flinn Scholars

Nearly 80 Arizona high-school seniors named Flinn Scholarship Semifinalists

Almost 80 of Arizona’s highest-performing high-school seniors have advanced to become Flinn Scholarship Semifinalists, an elite honor for students vying for the prestigious merit-based scholarship. The students, who make up the top 8% of the applicant pool, attend a range of rural and urban schools, including district, charter, and private schools—and even one online academy. […]