The Flinn Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship for Arizona high-school seniors. Last year, we saw more than 1,000 applicants for approximately 20 scholarships—an acceptance rate of about 2 percent.
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;
Optionally, applicants may 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.
Notice for 2021 Applicants
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the Class of 2021 in many ways, and the Flinn Scholars Program has adjusted application expectations in several ways.
Standardized Testing: Opportunities to prepare for and access standardized testing have been limited. Consequently, applicants for the Class of 2021 will not be required to submit ACT or SAT scores. Students who choose to submit test scores will not be required to meet previous minimums (29 ACT or 1340 (ERW+M) SAT). Students who do not submit test scores will not be disadvantaged in the review process.
Leadership & Service Activities: Many students’ opportunities for extracurricular involvement, including leadership and service roles, have been eliminated. Students impacted by these changes in their circumstances will not be disadvantaged in the review process.
Transcripts: Many schools changed grading policies for the spring 2020 semester, with some adopting a pass/fail grading policy. Students impacted by these policies will not be disadvantaged in the review process. We know that applicants have not been able to prepare for the fall application process as planned. Be assured: Every Flinn Scholarship application is read by an experienced team of evaluators. These evaluators conduct comprehensive reviews of applicants’ achievements, contributions, and indicators of future success—and the challenges those applicants have faced.