Flinn Scholarship

Flinn Foundation

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Grant amount: Approximately US $115,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 5, 2019

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Arizona

Location of citizenship: United States

Minimum GPA: 3.5

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The Flinn Scholarship Program provides an unparalleled package for undergraduate study at an Arizona public university for 20 of Arizona’s highest-achieving high school seniors each year.

The merit-based scholarship program, now 31 classes strong, covers the cost of tuition, fees, room and board and at least two study-abroad experiences. The overall financial package is valued at more than $115,000.

Flinn Scholars, who attend Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or University of Arizona, also benefit from working with top faculty and researchers, meeting business and civic leaders in their field, and forming their own community and alumni network.

There is no blueprint for a Flinn Scholar. Flinn Scholars come from every corner of Arizona, and upon arrival at their university, choose concentrations in virtually every discipline.

The Flinn Scholarship offers comprehensive financial and programmatic benefits, the latter extending far beyond undergraduate study into Scholars’ personal and professional development after graduation.

The Flinn Scholarship Program, in partnership with Arizona’s three state universities, provides enriched educational offerings that expand a Scholar’s life and career options while creating the kind of stimulating, intellectually challenging environment that students might find at the nation’s most selective colleges.

The value of the scholarship, including the tuition provided by the universities, exceeds $115,000. But there are comprehensive programmatic benefits of becoming a Flinn Scholar that can be just as valuable and rewarding.

The Flinn Scholarship benefits include:

  • The full cost of tuition and mandatory fees, plus room and board;
  • Funding for a three-week summer seminar after the Scholar’s freshman year in China and for at least one additional study-abroad experience;
  • Funded participation in the Professional-Leadership Internship Program, exclusively for Flinn Scholars, at an Arizona company or organization;
  • Mentorship from top faculty and exposure to Arizona and global leaders in business, government, science, and the arts;
  • Fellowship in an extraordinary community of about 80 current and 500 alumni Scholars;
  • Membership in a university honors college/program, with amenities including small classes, guest lectures, and research experiences;
  • Intellectual, cultural and social activities developed exclusively for Flinn Scholars by both the Foundation and the universities.

The Flinn Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship that is open to Arizona high school seniors. In recent years, there have been well over 700 applicants per year for the 20 scholarships—an acceptance rate of less than 3 percent.

However, many Scholars will say after being selected that they never expected to receive an interview, let alone the Scholarship. The Flinn Scholarship Program encourages all qualified students to apply.

Flinn Scholars are articulate, fun-loving, imperfect, hard-working, generous, creative, and curious. They thrive in the classroom and maintain purposeful involvement in extracurricular activities. They assume leadership roles at their high schools and in their communities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be awarded the Flinn Scholarship, an applicant must:

    • Be a U.S. citizen by the time of entry to the university;

    • Be an Arizona resident for two years by the time of 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);

      • We understand that many students from small or college-prep schools may not be in the top 5% of their classes, despite high academic achievement. We still encourage you to apply.
    • Score a minimum 29 on the ACT (composite score), 1300 on the old SAT I (CR+M), or 1360 on the new SAT I (ERW+M). We do not consider the writing section of the ACT or the essay section of the old SAT.


  • We do not consider the writing section of the ACT or the essay section of the old SAT.