Flinn Scholarship

Flinn Foundation

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Grant amount: Approximately US $115,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 16, 2020

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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Next spring, 20 of the most outstanding high-school seniors in Arizona will be selected as the 35th class of Flinn Scholars. Do you dare miss the chance to join this absolutely brilliant, fun-loving, globe-trotting community of young adults ready to make a difference in Arizona and the world?


The Flinn Scholarship offers comprehensive financial support and programming, the latter continuing 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 some students assume can only be found at the nation’s most selective colleges. 

One of the greatest assets of Arizona’s universities is their size, enabling them to offer strong programs in almost any discipline imaginable. Meanwhile, their honors colleges offer small seminar courses, research-intensive thesis projects, and personal guidance from professors that might be expected at a top liberal arts college. 

Meanwhile, the Flinn Foundation routinely provides Flinn Scholars guidance exploring research and travel opportunities and finding professional-development opportunities.

The financial value of the scholarship, including the tuition provided by the universities, exceeds $120,000. Yet Flinn Scholars often describe the community they form as the most meaningful aspect of the program.

Specifically, the Flinn Scholarship benefits include:


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.

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 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.