Flinn Scholars graduating from Arizona’s universities to pursue advanced degrees, careers, international research

May 10, 2018

By Matt Ellsworth

2018 Outgoing Scholars

The Flinn Scholars graduating from Arizona’s public universities this year have been awarded with prestigious fellowships, admission into elite graduate programs in Arizona and across the country, and an early start on careers ranging from high-tech to music.

The 19 outgoing Flinn Scholars were honored during a May 5 luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore alongside the recently announced Class of 2018 Flinn Scholars. During the annual event, the 22 Arizona high-school seniors who make up the 33rd class of Flinn Scholars recognized their chosen Distinguished Educators.

The graduating Scholars majored in a variety of fields, including business administration; biomedical, chemical and electrical engineering; sports journalism; neuroscience and cognitive science; finance; biological anthropology; economics; Spanish; computer science; and jazz studies.

Following graduation, many Scholars will be pursuing advanced degrees, in areas including medicine, law, public policy, business, and mathematics. Other Scholars will continue working: one as a full-time musician, another as a software engineer, and one in the Air Force. Two Scholars will be heading overseas—one to teach high school in Italy and another to conduct Fulbright research in India.

Below are the 19 outgoing Flinn Scholars honored at the 2018 luncheon and their future plans:

Ian Barton: Will pursue an MBA at the University of Notre Dame.

Apoorva Bhaskara: Will pursue an M.D. at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson.

Delilah Cassidy: Will pursue a law degree at the Sandra Day O’ Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.

Lindsey Chew: Will pursue a M.D./Ph.D. at Duke University’s Medical Scientist Training Program.

Hailey Dickson: Will conduct public health research through a Fulbright Scholarship in India before pursuing a graduate degree in public health.

Justin Frere: Will pursue a M.D./Ph.D. in microbiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Leah Kaplan: Will work at a science-policy organization before pursuing a doctorate in engineering.

Vaishnavi KokaWill work for APS in its rotational electrical-engineering program.

Nisha Parasher: Will pursue a veterinary medicine degree from Midwestern University.

Madeline PickensWill pursue a master’s degree in public policy at Georgetown University.

Graham PlaceWill continue as software engineer at Opendoor in San Francisco.

Steven Reed: Will pursue a doctorate in applied mathematics from ASU.

Aidan SchneiderWill pursue a doctorate in computational biology.

Angela Siebrecht: Will complete a year-long teaching internship for a high school in Mantua, Italy, before law school.

Carly Snyder: Will start a full-time management position with McMaster-Carr in Chicago.

Tristen Vaughn: Will join the Air Force and later pursue a master’s degree in forensic psychology.

Gus Woodrow-Tomizuka: Will continue to work as a full-time musician and teacher.

Jimmy Xu: Will pursue a master’s degree in chemical engineering at UCLA.

Jaylia Yan: Will pursue a master’s degree in public policy and law degree at Harvard University.

The Flinn Scholarship, supported by the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation and Arizona’s public universities, covers the cost of tuition and room and board at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or University of Arizona; provides funding for at least two study-abroad experiences and an off-campus internship; and offers other benefits.

The highly competitive, merit-based scholarship is valued at more than $120,000.

Today, the Flinn Scholar community consists of about 80 current and nearly 550 alumni Scholars.

For more information:

Flinn Foundation selects 22 top Arizona students as Flinn Scholars

2018 Flinn Scholars

2018 Flinn Scholars honor Distinguished Educators for their impact on education, lives