The Flinn Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship that is open to Arizona high school seniors. Recent years have seen over 800 applicants per year for the approximately 20 scholarships—an acceptance rate of less than 3 percent.
The odds should not discourage qualified candidates, though. Each year, many new Scholars say after being selected that they never expected to be offered an interview, let alone the Scholarship. The Flinn Scholarship Program sincerely encourages all qualified students to apply.
What makes the difference? Flinn Scholars are articulate, fun-loving, hard-working, generous, creative, curious, and imperfect. They thrive in the classroom while maintaining purposeful involvement in extracurricular activities. They assume leadership roles at their high schools and in their communities.
To be awarded the Flinn Scholarship, an applicant must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) by time of entry to the university;
- Be an Arizona resident for two full years immediately preceding entry to the university.
As a general rule, Flinn Scholarship applicants should:
- Participate and demonstrate leadership in a variety of extracurricular activities;
- 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);
- Score a minimum 29* on the ACT (composite score), or 1340* on the SAT I (ERW+M). We do not consider the writing section of the ACT or the optional essay section of the SAT.
* We consider only the highest section scores across all SAT or ACT test scores that are submitted. See further explanation under “Should I take both the SAT and the ACT?” on our FAQs page.
Occasionally, applicants who fall slightly short of one or more of the standards described above may advance in the selection process and be selected as Flinn Scholars. This is, however, a highly unusual circumstance. Most applicants each year meet all the standards.