Flinn Foundation: What led you to apply for the Flinn Scholarship?
Ruby Kerwin: I went to a high school that had had multiple Flinn Scholars before me and I remember hearing about the opportunities and community they found with Flinn, but I did not have a clear idea of what the Flinn Scholarship was. I decided to fill out an application, but at that point I was set on going to college out of state. After I spent time talking with current Flinn Scholars and learning more about the resources, experiences, and support available to Flinn Scholars, I realized I really wanted the Scholarship.
Alexa Nguyen: I initially heard about the Flinn Scholarship when I was a freshman in high school from a current Flinn Scholar at the time, Nikil Selvam (Class of 2010). He explained to me what the Scholarship was and what it had to offer. I kept it in mind as I progressed through high school, and when the time came to apply, I knew I might as well go for it because it was an unbelievable opportunity. I certainly didn’t think I would get it when I applied, but I recognized how valuable the Scholarship would be, both from a monetary standpoint and the access to a community of Scholars that would support me during my time as an undergrad and beyond.
Ben Trumpinski: I actually had never heard of the Flinn Scholarship until about two weeks before the application deadline. I came from a high school that had never had a Flinn Scholar, so it really wasn’t advertised. I was chatting with a friend about “this amazing scholarship in Arizona” and decided to check it out. I started looking into it and decided it would be a mistake not to give it a shot, so I scrambled to pull everything together by the deadline and it ended up working out. (Hint: Just because I unintentionally waited until the last minute doesn’t mean you should!)
The 2020 Flinn Scholarship application will be available in mid-August.