The Flinn scholarship was created to support outstanding AZ high school students afford a higher education. Specifically, the award is geared towards retaining AZ’s top students in AZ public schools. Each year, about twenty of the best and brightest students in AZ will be selected for this prestigious award.
This scholarship is awarded based solely on academic merit. Applicants who are lucky enough to be chosen for this award receive a financial benefit of more than $110,000. This is due to the fact that in addition to covering to student’s tuition, room, board, and student fees, the program also covers two study-abroad trips for winners. One study abroad trip covers a 3-week seminar in China. The second study abroad location is based on student interest.
Winners who attend ASU, University of Arizona, or Northern Arizona University have additional mentoring opportunities. They have the option to work under top notch researchers and faculty in their major area. One of the benefits of being a Flinn scholar is that the options are endless. Scholars are given an enormous amount of flexibility and are permitted to forge their own path.
The competition to receive a Flinn scholarship is quite steep. In fact, only about 3 percent of applications were accepted in a recent cycle. In order to be considered for the award, students must have been an AZ resident for at least two years and also must be a citizen of the United States. Additional criteria indicate that Flinn applicants should hold at least a 3.5 grade pint average, score at least a 29 on the ACT or a 1360 on the SAT, rank within the top 5% of their high school class, and demonstrate leadership ability through extracurricular opportunities.
Applications are reviewed based on a number of criteria. The committee takes into account test scores, class rank, and grade pint average. However, student leadership ability, extracurricular involvement, community service, personal characteristics, and communication abilities are also considered. Thus, the program seeks to admit well-rounded applicants who are active both outside and inside of the classroom.
In order to apply for the Flinn scholarship, students must submit written responses to three essay questions. Copies of a students standardized exam scores and their high school transcripts must also be submitted. Students must solicit a letter of recommendation from their high school counselor as well as two teachers. Lastly, students complete information about their family and biographical information. This form also asks about their extracurricular activities, awards or honors they have received, employment history, and details about the current studies.
Flinn Scholars may also accept National Merit Scholarships. Additional scholarships may be able to be accepted depending on the exact award. Students who are selected to be Flinn Scholars also have the option to defer their studies by up to one year. Students who were home schooled through high school are also eligible to be considered as a Flinn Scholar. Additional information and answers to FAQ’ can be found at the following website: http://www.flinn.org/flinn-scholars/details-for/applicants/.