2024 Flinn Scholars to receive full rides to Arizona public universities

April 30, 2024

By brianpowell

The 2024 Flinn Scholarship has been awarded to 20 Arizona high-school seniors who will attend in-state universities with merit awards providing each of them a full ride.

Members of the Flinn Scholars Class of 2024 will receive a comprehensive scholarship package valued over four years at more than $130,000, including the cost of tuition, fees, housing, meals, and at least two study-abroad experiences.

The merit-based Flinn Scholarship, the most competitive and prestigious in the state, is supported by the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation in partnership with Arizona’s three public universities.

The 39th class of Flinn Scholars, representing 17 high schools, will study alongside Scholars currently attending the honors colleges at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona.

“These high-achieving students will obviously impress you with what they include in their scholarship applications, but meeting them in person and learning about their passions and drive for a better Arizona is what’s most inspiring,” said Anne Lassen, Flinn Foundation vice president, scholarship and education initiatives.

Class of 2024 Flinn Scholars

  • Two high schools are celebrating their first Flinn Scholar­­—Shadow Ridge High School in Surprise and Williams Field High School in Gilbert.
  • Arizona College Prep High School in Chandler, University High School in Tucson, and Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson each have two Flinn Scholars in the new class.
  • Bioscience High School in Phoenix has a Flinn Scholar for the fourth straight year, while Pueblo High School and University High School, both of Tucson, and Mountain Ridge High School of Glendale have one for the second straight year. Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley is celebrating its third Scholar in four years.
  • This is the second time a student from Holbrook High School has been named a Flinn Scholar and the first since 1997. 
  • Ten of the Flinn Scholars are from the Phoenix metropolitan area and 10 are from outside Maricopa County, including Flagstaff, Holbrook, Prescott Valley, and Tucson.

More than 1,000 applications were received by the program in the fall for the 20 awards, an award rate of less than 2%.

Flinn Scholars are typically in the top 5% of their graduating class and demonstrate leadership in extracurricular activities at school and in their communities. The application requires academic transcripts, standardized test scores, essays and short-answer questions, and recommendations.

Members of the Flinn Scholars Class of 2024 plan to study a wide range of subjects, including electrical and mechanical engineering, global health, law, physiology, mathematics, biochemistry, neuroscience, political science, and creative writing.

“For nearly 40 years, the Flinn Scholarship has provided Arizona’s most accomplished students the freedom to explore, challenge themselves, and become leaders in their home state while making significant contributions to our innovative public universities,” said Tammy McLeod, Ph.D., Flinn Foundation president and CEO. “The foundation is proud of the partnership with these three universities, which continue to educate, support, and develop high-achieving students from around Arizona and the world.”

Flinn Scholarship Benefits

The Flinn Scholarship provides more than funding to support the cost of attendance. Other benefits include:

  • An international summer seminar with the entire Scholar class after freshman year and at least one additional study-abroad experience;
  • Participation in a supportive community of more than 725 current and alumni Flinn Scholars, including about 80 Scholars studying at the three state universities at any given time;
  • Membership in a university honors college, with its small class size, access to top researchers and labs, and guest lectures;
  • Personal mentorship from top faculty and fellow Scholars, plus invitations to exclusive events with Arizona and global leaders in business, government, science, and the arts; and
  • Unique intellectual, cultural, and social activities developed for Flinn Scholars by both the Flinn Foundation and universities.

Meet the 2024 Flinn Scholars (PDF)