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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.

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Flinn Scholars begin in Arizona. Their journeys take them throughout the world.
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Stories of Flinn Scholars' impact, profiles, and updates on the application process.

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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, 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. 


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Flinn Scholar and Flinn-Brown Fellow Sarah Coles advocates for today’s patients and tomorrow’s doctors

Dr. Sarah Coles is caring for the residents of Arizona in countless ways.

Coles, a Flinn-Brown Fellow, is a physician, educator, curriculum developer, policy expert, a member of state and national boards, and overall advocate for patient health.

And this all happens one mile south of North High School in central Phoenix, where Coles was selected as a Flinn Scholar in 2002 and chose to attend the University of Arizona—sparking a lifelong commitment to the health of the state. [Read more]


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FLINNtalks: Nathan Johnson | 1986 Flinn Scholar in conversation with Jake Batsell | 1992 Flinn Scholar

On how the Flinn Scholarship can enhance a focus—or enable extraordinary exploration

A member of the inaugural Class of 1986 Flinn Scholars, Nathan Johnson was elected to the Texas State Senate in November 2018 to represent District 16, comprising all or portions of 10 cities in the northern part of Dallas County. He practices law at Thompson & Knight as counsel in the firm’s Trial Practice Group in Dallas. Johnson, who graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in physics and earned a law degree at the University of Texas at Austin, also trained as a pianist and has composed music for the classical concert stage. During a hiatus from practicing law, he composed the score for nearly seventy television episodes and five films for the hit anime series Dragon Ball Z.

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FLINNtalks: Matt Rolland | Class of 2005

On the road—from stockbroker, to touring musician, to arts leader

Class of 2005 Flinn Scholar Matt Rolland has had a fiddle in his hand since the age of four. Best known as the bandleader and fiddle player for the Tucson-based band, Run Boy Run, Matt has performed at festivals and concert halls across the country, released six studio albums and was twice featured on American Public Media’s popular radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” In addition to being a touring musician and recording artist, he is the director of programs at SAACA (Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance) and serves on the board of the Tucson Folk Festival. Matt is a graduate of the University of Arizona and was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico. [Watch the video]


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Flinn Scholar Anthony Rusk brings interest in science and policy to Arizona Board of Regents

Anthony Rusk is in elite company.

Of all the undergraduate students attending Arizona’s three public universities, only two serve as student regents.

And the Class of 2017 Flinn Scholar from Bullhead City, who is majoring in neuroscience and philosophy, politics, economics and law (PPEL) at the University of Arizona, is one of them.

Rusk was appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey earlier this year to a two-year term to the Arizona Board of Regents, which serves as the governing board for Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and UA. [Read more]


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In her own words: Flinn Scholar Sarah Bosch on the magic of the Flinn Scholarship

When I was applying, it was hard to fully comprehend the magnitude of what I was reaching for, to understand just how many ways this scholarship would impact my life.

As the caretaker of a searching, indecisive, and occasionally unconfident soul, the Flinn Scholars community was one of the award’s first huge gifts. It’s not every day that you get to spend time with people so genuinely and completely full of curiosity, thought-provoking ideas, and kindness, but, in college, that was my every day.  [Read more]


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Applicants

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

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Parents

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

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Teachers & Counselors

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

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Flinn Scholar and Flinn-Brown Fellow Sarah Coles advocates for today’s patients and tomorrow’s doctors

By Brian PowellFlinn Foundation Dr. Sarah Coles is caring for the residents of Arizona in countless ways. Coles, a Flinn-Brown Fellow, is a physician, educator, curriculum developer, policy expert, a member of state and national boards, and overall advocate for patient health. And this all happens one mile south of North High School in central […]

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FLINNtalks: Nathan Johnson in conversation with Jake Batsell

Nathan Johnson | 1986 Flinn Scholarin conversation with Jake Batsell | 1992 Flinn Scholar On how the Flinn Scholarship can enhance a focus—or enable extraordinary exploration A member of the inaugural Class of 1986 Flinn Scholars, Nathan Johnson was elected to the Texas State Senate in November 2018 to represent District 16, comprising all or portions of 10 […]

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FLINNtalks: Matt Rolland

Matt Rolland | Class of 2005 On the road—from stockbroker, to touring musician, to arts leader Class of 2005 Flinn Scholar Matt Rolland has had a fiddle in his hand since the age of four. Best known as the bandleader and fiddle player for the Tucson-based band, Run Boy Run, Matt has performed at festivals and […]

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FLINNtalks: Shelly Lowe

Shelly Lowe | 1992 Flinn Scholar On the higher-education experiences of American Indian students Class of 1992 Flinn Scholar Shelly Lowe is executive director of the Harvard University Native American Program. An enrolled member of the Navajo nation, she graduated from Ganado High School and studied at the University of Arizona as a Flinn Scholar. […]