Two Flinn Scholars named to ‘USA TODAY’ academic teams

March 10, 2005

By hammersmith

Keren Raz and Ryan Johnson, two Flinn scholars attending the University of Arizona, were honored in the 2005 USA Today’s annual All-USA College Academic Team. Raz was named to the second team, Johnson to the third.

Two Arizona State University students, Scott MacIntyre and Jared Niska were also named to the first and second teams.

The team is a prestigious awards program that recognizes 20 of the U.S. top college students each year with trophies and $2,500 each in cash awards. Forty alternates in the second and third teams round out the slate of undergraduate students, which is published in the Life section of USA TODAY each February.

Awardees are selected based on essays by the nominees describing their academic and extracurricular distinctions, as well as the letters of three recommenders. Any full-time college student of at least sophomore standing is eligible for nomination.

Raz, who was featured in a color photo in the spread, was honored for her work forming a library for deaf schoolchildren in Peru, as well as the Tucson-based Cholla Magna Scholar project. Ryan Johnson was commended for his study of safety and driver salaries in Santiago, Chile’s public transportation system.

For more information:

All-USA college academic team,” USA TODAY, 02/17/2005