Members of the Flinn Scholars Class of 2015, at the program's 2018 annual retreat

The 2020 Flinn Scholarship application is now open. Apply by September 16.

Next spring, 20 of the most outstanding high-school seniors in Arizona will be selected as the 35th class of Flinn Scholars. Do you dare miss the chance to join this absolutely brilliant, fun-loving, globe-trotting community of young adults ready to make a difference in Arizona and the world?

Then apply!

The deadline to apply for the Flinn Scholarship will be Monday, September 16, 2019.

Before you start your application, familiarize yourself with the process described here and elsewhere on our website, including this online information-session presentation. And learn how the Flinn Scholarship is about who you become and the impact you make

How the Flinn Scholarship Application Works

The Flinn Scholarship application is comprised of:

  • forms that collect biographical and family data and information about current studies, extracurricular activities, and employment;
  • three essay questions and five short-answer questions;
  • two teacher recommendations, submitted separately by your teachers;
  • a report from your high school’s academic counselor, submitted separately by your counselor (and, at the option of that academic counselor, a recommendation if he or she knows you well enough to provide one);
  • a copy of your transcript, uploaded by your counselor;
  • copies of your SAT and/or ACT score reports, sent directly to the Flinn Scholars Program (enter Code 2175). Scores from the September 14 ACT and October 5 SAT do count for our process.

Essays (300-word maximum)
1.    Tell us your story.
2.    Tell us about a time your involvement in a situation or activity positively impacted the outcome.
3.    Think about your intended career (or a possible career, given your interests). If you sought to mitigate inequity through that career, what would doing so look like?

Short-Answer Questions (140-character maximum)
1.    What will be the title of your autobiography?
2.    If you were given five minutes to present to your peers on a topic about which you’re an expert, what topic would you choose?
3.    What do you worry about most?
4.    What is the greatest challenge you face entering college?
5.    If you advance to the interview stage, what one question would you like us to ask you? 

It is your responsibility to ensure that all application components are submitted and received by the Flinn Scholars Program by the deadline. The deadline for applicants is Monday, September 16, 2019. The deadline for teacher and counselor recommendations is Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

The application season is an incredibly demanding time for your teachers and counselors; they deserve advance notice if you would like them to write recommendations. They will likely welcome polite inquiries as their deadline approaches to confirm that they have been able to submit the recommendations.

Application Tips

Objective criteria such as grade-point average, test scores, and class rank play a part in the Flinn Scholarship selection process, but they are not the sole basis for our decisions.

We evaluate a student’s academic achievement, leadership and involvement, service to the community, ability to communicate, and personal characteristics. Each of these factors is an important part of the holistic picture that you present to us.

Learn more about the Flinn Scholarship’s benefits and requirements, as well as review tips and frequently asked questions, from these five sections of our website:

Now, it’s time for you to apply.

Ready to begin?


You may send questions about the application process at any time to or call (602) 744-6802.