Application Timeline

2024 Flinn Scholarship Timeline

September 11: Application opens
September 11: Online Information Session
October 7: Last SAT test date for consideration
October 18 (5 p.m.): Application deadline
October 27 (5 p.m.): Recommendations/counselor report deadline
October 28: Last ACT test date for consideration
January 23-24, 2024: Flinn Scholarship Semifinalist Interviews
Late January 2024: About 40 Flinn Scholarship Finalists notified
March 2024: Finalist interviews
March 2024: About 20 Finalists offered award
Mid-April 2024: Deadline to accept offer
April 30, 2024: Class of 2024 public announcement
May 2024: Recognition Event

Preparing Early

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 the application opens.

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 2024, the application opened on Sept. 11. An online information session was recorded to provide application tips and share Flinn Scholar experiences. You will have several weeks to complete the application, including the three essays, and identify two recommenders. A counselor’s report is also a required application component.


After the application deadline (for the Class of 2024, the deadline was 5 p.m. Oct. 18), and before you dive back into one of your many projects, take a deep breath, smile, and acknowledge all that you have accomplished. Be sure that your counselor report and two recommendations are submitted by their deadline, which was 5 p.m. Oct. 27 for the Class of 2024. SAT or ACT scores are a required part of the application, but there is no minimum score needed to apply. The latest exams that were considered for the 2024 scholarship were the Oct. 7 SAT and the Oct. 28 ACT.

December and January

By late December, you will learn whether you have been named a Flinn Scholarship Semifinalist and advance to an interview on Jan. 23 or 24, 2024. Being named a Semifinalist is a great honor—your name and high school are announced, and you will qualify for a $15,000 annual scholarship from one of Arizona’s three public universities.

In late January, approximately 40 Flinn Scholarship Finalists will be 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. Later in March, 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 will make a public announcement in April after the new class is finalized, celebrating the newest Flinn Scholars at the program’s annual Recognition Celebration in May.