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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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The 2021 Flinn Scholarship application is now closed. Learn how to prepare for next year.
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Tuition. Housing. Study Abroad. Community. And much more.
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Flinn Scholars begin in Arizona. Their journeys take them throughout the world.
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Browse profiles of Flinn Scholars and a searchable database from 1986 to today.
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Meet the 2020 Flinn Scholars and read stories about the Scholars and 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, 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. 


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Flinn Scholarship information sessions target future applicants

The Flinn Scholars Program hosted two information sessions—via live webinar—in September to present the benefits of one of the most prestigious merit-based scholarships in the nation and share strategies to build the strongest application.

Beyond the live information sessions, the Flinn Scholars Program offers a recorded online information session.

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.

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Flinn Scholar alum Kevin Bonine: The intersection of environmental stewardship and science education

Flinn-Brown Fellow Kevin Bonine (2014)  is director of education at Biosphere 2 and a science-faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. 

Bonine writes about how he serves southern Arizona nonprofits, the K-12 education system, and UArizonathe impact of COVID-19 on Biosphere 2 and Tucsonthe value of the Flinn-Brown Network, and how his work advances the biosciences, research, and a culture of innovation and creative excellence. [Read More]


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Flinn Scholars embark on new educational and career paths

Several of this year’s outgoing Flinn Scholars—who reflect about their Flinn Scholars experience in short videos—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. [Watch Videos]


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Michelle Minitti | 1991 Flinn Scholar

On two journeys: a mission to Mars, and her own odyssey to become a planetary scientist

Class of 1991 Flinn Scholar Michelle Minitti is the principal of Framework, a consultancy specializing in planetary-science research and Mars mission operations. Michelle is a co-investigator for the Mars Curiosity Rover, working with members of the engineering and operations teams utilizing the Mars Hand Lens Imager and the Mars Descent Imager projects; as co-investigator for the Mars 2020 Rover, she contributes to planning for operations of the Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and Engineering (WATSON) investigation. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Arizona and earned a Ph.D. in geological sciences from Brown University. [Watch the video]


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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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Apply for the 2021 Flinn Scholarship by Oct. 5

The Flinn Scholars Program is inviting high-achieving Arizona high-school seniors to apply for one of the most generous, prestigious college scholarships in the country. The 2021 Flinn Scholarship application is now open. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. Each year, about 20 students are selected for the merit-based award and […]

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Two Flinn Scholarship information sessions set for September

The Flinn Scholars Program will host two information sessions—via live webinar—in September to present the benefits of one of the most prestigious merit-based scholarships in the nation and share strategies to build the strongest application. Who Should Join the Webinars The information presented will be valuable for high-school sophomores and juniors. Parents and guardians are […]

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Flinn Scholar alum Kevin Bonine: The intersection of environmental stewardship and science education

Flinn-Scholar alumnus Kevin Bonine (1990) is director of education at Biosphere 2 and a science faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. At Biosphere 2, he helps design learning experiences for 100,000 annual visitors and 10,000 K-12 school […]

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Flinn Scholars Recognition Celebration honors incoming and outgoing Scholars, educators

The Flinn Scholars Program in May celebrated the accomplishments of the 2020 Flinn Scholars, the outgoing Scholars attending Arizona’s three state universities, and Distinguished Educators selected by the new Flinn Scholars for having the greatest impact on their academic and personal development. The virtual event, which attracted Flinn Scholar alumni viewers dating back to the […]