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Flinn Foundation Selects 20 Excelling Arizona High-School Seniors as 2019 Flinn Scholars
Twenty of Arizona’s highest-achieving high-school seniors have been named Flinn Scholars and will receive scholarships to Arizona’s three public research universities valued at more than $120,000.
The merit-based award — which recipients accept in many instances over admission to the nation’s most prestigious universities — is a full ride that covers the cost of tuition, fees, housing and meals and provides funding for at least two study-abroad experiences plus additional benefits.
The Flinn Scholars Program, supported by the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation in partnership with the universities, selected the Class of 2019 Flinn Scholars from a record-high 894 applications, or an award rate of 2.2 percent.
The 34th class of Flinn Scholars features 20 students from the Phoenix metropolitan area, Tucson, Prescott, and Pinal County, representing 19 high schools.
“Each Flinn Scholar we meet is unique, but these students have something in common besides the capacity to excel in the classroom,” said Tammy McLeod, Flinn Foundation president and CEO. “They have deep dedication to their schools, communities, the future of Arizona, and the world. The Flinn Foundation is excited not only to announce this new class of Flinn Scholars but to see what lies ahead for them and our state.”
The 2019 Flinn Scholars named a variety of areas of study in their applications, including Mandarin, biochemistry, psychology, economics, mechanical and environmental engineering, mathematics, nursing, agribusiness, philosophy, biomedical science, and computer science.
The Scholars will start undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona in August.
There are now nearly 650 current and alumni Flinn Scholars, with about 80 Scholars studying at the three universities at any time.
“The academic accomplishments, extracurricular involvement, and dedication to service this group has demonstrated are remarkable and we have high hopes for their future contributions,” said Anne Lassen, Flinn Scholars Program director. “We also want to commend all of the high-achieving students who applied and made this year’s selection so challenging.”