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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, 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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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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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.
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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. Nathan, 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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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.
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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 Foundation issues grant to support COVID-19 testing, cancels events

Conference center closes, staff to work from home  Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation has issued an emergency $100,000 grant to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to support population-based testing for the novel coronavirus in Arizona and to help TGen immediately and dramatically ramp up its capacity to analyze individual samples for the disease.  Meanwhile, following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease […]

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FLINNtalks: Michelle Minitti

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 […]

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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 […]