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.

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Tuition. Housing. Study Abroad. Community. And much more.
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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 $130,000covers tuition, fees, housing, and meals at one of Arizona’s public universities, plus study abroad. Each year, about 20 top Arizona 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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NAU researcher, HonorHealth physician join Flinn Foundation board of directors

A leading Northern Arizona University researcher and a Scottsdale pulmonologist who serves in HonorHealth leadership have been elected to the Flinn Foundation board of directors.

The election of Julie Baldwin, Ph.D., Regents Professor of health sciences and the founding director of NAU’s Center for Health Equity Research, and Dr. Alpa Shah, a physician who serves on the HonorHealth board of directors and as chief of staff at HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, increases the number of Flinn Foundation board members to 10. [Read more]


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Top Arizona students chosen for state’s most competitive and prestigious scholarship

The 2022 Flinn Scholarship, which provides a full ride for college at one of Arizona’s public universities, has been awarded to 20 of Arizona’s highest-achieving students.

The Flinn Scholars Program, supported by the Flinn Foundation in partnership with Arizona’s three state universities, covers the cost of tuition, fees, housing, meals, and at least two study-abroad experiences. The merit-based Flinn Scholarship—now in its 37th year—is valued at more than $130,000 and is available only to Arizona high-school seniors.

The Class of 2022 Flinn Scholars will attend the Honors Colleges at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona starting this fall. [Read more]


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Flinn Scholars honor teachers and counselors who helped shape their success

Arizona educators who have had substantial impacts on the educations and lives of the Flinn Scholars were recognized by their students during the program’s annual Recognition Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore.

The Class of 2022 Flinn Scholars spoke about the impact their Distinguished Educators have had both in and outside the classroom during the May 7 event, which honored both the incoming class and graduating Flinn Scholars.

The 20 educators honored at the event taught the Flinn Scholars a wide range of subjects, including English, biology, orchestra, history, calculus, Spanish, and chemistry. The educators also included an Academic Decathlon advisor and counselors. [Read more]


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Flinn Scholars pursuing graduate study, career opportunities

The Flinn Scholars graduating from Arizona’s public universities this year will be entering graduate and medical schools from Arizona to Oxford and joining the workforce in areas including science communications, consulting, nonprofits, and supply-chain management.

The wide range of majors among this graduating class of Scholars included biological sciences, neuroscience and cognitive science, philosophy, political science, economics, astrophysics, global health, innovation in society, ecology and evolutionary biology, and fashion.

The 20 graduating Scholars are joining an alumni community that now includes more than 600 Flinn Scholars. [Read more]


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‘A catalyst of trailblazers’: Life Hack Day brings together Flinn Scholars to talk careers

Life Hack Day brought the Flinn Scholars community together in April at the Arizona Opera, next door to the Flinn Foundation, for the annual career-development event. Class of 2021 Flinn Scholars Sakina Lord and Netia Unger share their reflections on the impact of the day.

About 60 Flinn Scholars currently attending Arizona’s public universities had the opportunity to meet and network with Scholar alumni and select speaker-based sessions that covered a wide range of topics. The sessions were led by Scholar alumni as well as Dr. Eric Reiman, CEO of Banner Research and a member of the Flinn Foundation board of directors, and Dawn Wallace, Flinn Foundation vice president, civic leadership. [Read more]


Details For

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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News and Updates

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Flinn Scholars honor teachers and counselors who helped shape their success 

Arizona educators who have had substantial impacts on the educations and lives of the Flinn Scholars were recognized by their students during the program’s annual Recognition Luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore.  The Class of 2022 Flinn Scholars spoke about the impact their Distinguished Educators have had both in and outside the classroom during the May 7 […]

Photo of Barbra Barnes with students at the Flinn Scholars retreat

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Barbra Barnes, first Flinn Scholars Program director, passes away at 90

Barbra Barnes, a Midwesterner who fell in love with Arizona and taught 200 Flinn Scholars to do the same, passed away at age 90 on May 8—Mother’s Day—at her Phoenix home. Barnes came from Illinois to Arizona in 1984 and joined the Flinn Foundation, where she directed the Flinn Scholars Program for its first decade. […]

Collage of headshots of the 2022 Flinn-Brown Fellows

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Arizona Center for Civic Leadership chooses statewide leaders for Flinn-Brown Fellowship

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation has selected the 2022 Flinn-Brown Fellows, 27 leaders who will participate in Arizona’s most prestigious leadership program on state policy and politics. Members of the 14th cohort of Flinn-Brown Fellows, bringing together diverse political perspectives, experience, and policy interests, currently serve in the private and […]

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Flinn Scholars pursuing graduate study, career opportunities

The Flinn Scholars graduating from Arizona’s public universities this year will be entering graduate and medical schools from Arizona to Oxford and joining the workforce in areas including science communications, consulting, nonprofits, and supply-chain management. The 20 graduating Scholars are joining an alumni community that now includes more than 600 Flinn Scholars. The wide range […]