Flinn Scholars

Emma’s essay encouragement

September 25, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

The premier merit scholarship to Arizona universities, the Flinn Scholarship, covers all expenses, plus provides funds for study abroad.

We’re counting down the days–under a month to go, now, until the deadline to submit 2010 Flinn Scholarship applications.

About time to hand out a few hints, don’t you think? Here’s what Emma Kleiner (’09) has to say:

Dear Future Flinn Scholars,

Congratulations on starting the Flinn application process!  My name is Emma, and just one short year ago I was writing (and re-writing) the Flinn essays just like you.

To give you a tangible grasp of the difference that one year can make, tonight I am sitting here writing this letter with another Flinn Scholar.  I also just finished watching “Glee” with my roommate and two great friends that live next door.  Yes, I had some homework to do—but let’s overlook that right now.  There are so many fun college times ahead of you, so just keep that in mind through the whole college-application process—it’s all worth it in the end.  

Now on to addressing application anxieties more concretely:  I read your essay prompts and basically flipped.  They are so cool!  I’m totally jealous and wish I could apply all over again so that I could have the opportunity to write your essays.  Though I cannot speak for the Flinn Foundation, I do know that the selection committee wants to see your true personality shine in these essays.  Have fun and speak your true opinions!  I know that you may be a little worn out by all of your high-school obligations and college applications, but consistent effort in these next five weeks will really improve your essays and make them stand out.  Keep working diligently regardless of how overworked you may feel.  You all have the potential to write amazing and insightful essays. You simply have to allow yourself the time and energy to do that.

I know that many of you will have the chance to accept the Flinn.  Let me assure you that it is the best opportunity ever!  The first thing that I said to my family when I came home from Lost Canyon (the annual Flinn Scholars retreat to northern Arizona) is that I would not trade the Flinn for any Ivy League school.  The Flinn Family is not just a concept—it’s a reality.  I get along with all the Flinn Scholars and have a great time meeting everyone.  The older Flinns have helped me so much, and I look to them for guidance all the time.  

Last year, the idea of being part of the Flinn community inspired me to create special essays.  I hope this letter will inspire you to do the same.  The Flinn experience is worth the effort and time that you’ll invest in your application.  I have so much confidence in each of you.  I can’t wait to meet many of you at your future Flinn interviews!  

Good luck!
Emma Kleiner (’09)


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