The Flinn Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship for Arizona high-school seniors. We received more than 950 applicants from the Class of 2021 for approximately 20 scholarships—an acceptance rate of about 2%.
Despite these steep odds, we sincerely encourage all qualified students to apply. Year after year, new Scholars tell us how unlikely they saw their own prospects—and how glad they are that they applied nonetheless.
Flinn Scholar Profile
Flinn Scholars are articulate, fun-loving, and hard-working. They are generous, creative, curious—and imperfect. They have excelled in their high-school classrooms while maintaining purposeful involvement in extracurricular activities, whether in the arts or athletics, in laboratory research or community service. They have assumed leadership roles at school and beyond.
When they arrive at their universities, Flinn Scholars extend and expand on what they have built in high school—and often discover entirely new opportunities and passions. (Here are some of their stories.)
To be awarded the Flinn Scholarship, an applicant must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) by time of application;
- Be an Arizona resident for two full years immediately preceding entry to the university.
As a general rule, Flinn Scholarship applicants should also:
- Attain at least a 3.5 grade-point average (unweighted);
- Rank in the top 5 percent of their graduating class (if the school reports class rank);
- Participate and demonstrate leadership in a variety of extracurricular activities;
For the 2021 Flinn Scholarships applicants, it was optional to submit ACT or SAT I (ERW+M) scores. We do not consider the writing section of the ACT or the optional essay section of the SAT.
For students who submit test scores, we consider only the highest section scores across all submitted SAT or ACT test scores. Learn more on our FAQ page under “Should I take both the SAT and the ACT?”
Average Flinn Scholar Qualifications: The Class of 2020 Flinn Scholars averaged a 3.9 GPA, top 2 percent class rank, 31 on the ACT, and 1440 on the SAT.
Exceptions to Requirements: Occasionally, applicants who fall slightly short of one or more of the standards described above will advance in the selection process and be selected as Flinn Scholars. Such outcomes, however, are highly unusual. Most applicants each year meet all the standards.