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 years by the time of entry to the university.
As a general rule, Flinn Scholarship applicants should:
- Score a minimum 29 on the ACT (composite score) or 1300 on the SAT I (counting critical reading and mathematics sections only, not including the writing section);
- Attain at least a 3.5 grade-point average (unweighted);
- Rank in the top 5 percent of their graduating class;
- Participate and demonstrate leadership in a variety of extracurricular activities.
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.