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

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

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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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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 attend a range of rural and urban schools, including district, charter, and private schools—and even one online academy. They qualify for a specially designated scholarship from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona. 

The Flinn Foundation will announce the Flinn Scholars Class of 2021 in April. [Meet the Semifinalists]


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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]


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ASU’s student-run Luminosity Lab and its Flinn Scholars featured in Flinn event

Flinn Scholars are playing lead roles in the Luminosity Lab at Arizona State University by designing, building, and deploying novel solutions to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Four of the lab’s Scholars—Nikhil Dave, Katie Pascavis, John Patterson, and Nathaniel Ross—joined the leadership from the student-driven research and development lab for a CivEx discussion sponsored by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation.  [Read More] [Watch and View Presentation]


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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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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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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. […]

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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 […]

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A letter to Flinn Scholarship applicants: Read this while you wait

Waiting! Waiting is the worst. (My wait was in the fall of 2014, when I applied for the Flinn Scholarship.) I know that you’re enduring one last month of waiting before learning your Flinn Scholarship status, capping off an unbearable year of waiting—waiting for an email, an acceptance letter, a vaccine, an election, a time when […]

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Flinn Scholars pursue global solutions at ASU’s Luminosity Lab

Flinn Scholars are playing lead roles in the Luminosity Lab at Arizona State University by designing, building, and deploying novel solutions to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Four of the lab’s Scholars—Nikhil Dave, Katie Pascavis, John Patterson, and Nathaniel Ross—joined the leadership from the student-driven research and development lab for a CivEx […]