While the official process begins during the first weeks of senior year, the Flinn Scholars Program recommends Arizona high-achieving students start preparing well before, including viewing an online information session.
In addition, students throughout high school should pursue challenging and interesting studies and commit to extracurricular activities. Then be ready to apply.
September, Senior Year
Your journey to becoming a Flinn Scholar officially begins in September with the opening of the application. For the Class of 2023, the application is scheduled to open in mid-September. You will have several weeks to complete the application, including the essays and short-answer questions, and identify two teachers to write recommendations. A counselor’s report is also a required application component.
After the application deadline (the Class of 2023 deadline will be Oct. 19), and before you dive back into one of your many projects, take a deep breath, smile, and acknowledge all that you have accomplished. It is now time to make sure your teacher recommendations have been submitted by Oct. 28 to officially complete your application.
January and February
By mid-January, you will learn whether you have advanced to become one of about 80 Flinn Scholarship Semifinalists who are interviewed by three-person panels. Being named a Semifinalist is a great honor—your name and high school are announced, and you will qualify for a special scholarship from one of Arizona’s three public universities.
Following the Semifinalists interviews in February, about 40 Flinn Scholarship Finalists are announced. Typically, Arizona’s universities plan personalized campus visits for Finalists, including opportunities to meet professors, administrators, and current students in the Honors colleges.
Flinn Scholarship Finalists interview in March with a five-person selection committee. A short time later, about 20 Finalists are offered the Flinn Scholarship. Its value, including funding for tuition, housing, meals, and study abroad, exceeds $130,000.
April and May
The Flinn Foundation makes a public announcement in April after the new class is finalized and celebrates the Flinn Scholars at the annual Recognition Celebration in May.