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.
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 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), 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 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 Applicant 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. Hundreds of applicants each year meet all the standards.