Flinn Scholars chosen among AZ top students, 5 from Tucson area | News
The recipients of the 2013 Flinn Scholarship have been announced and five of them were awarded to seniors from Tucson and Oro Valley.
20 seniors from around the state were named as winners of the Flinn Scholarship, an ‘intensely competitive and prestigious merit-based award that provides a comprehensive educational package to an Arizona public university.’
The following students from Tucson received Flinn Foundation scholarships:
- Alden Hill – BASIS Tucson
- MeiLin Ossanna – University High School
- Ethan Wilson – University High School
- Augusts Woodrow-Tomizuka – Sonoran Science Academy
- Jacob Rockland – Canyon del Oro High School (Oro Valley)
Each recipient will receive the following: tuition, room and board, international study-related travel, personal mentorship by university faculty and other benefits. This scholarship package is worth more than $100,000 and is a partnership between the Flinn Foundation (based out of Phoenix) and each of the public universities in Arizona).
The 20 students were chosen from the 653 that initially applied from across Arizona, to the 28th annual class of Flinn Scholars.
“Arizona faces many complex challenges, but I’m filled with hope about our capacity to meet them when I look at these 20 Flinn Scholars,” said Jack B. Jewett, President and CEO of the Flinn Foundation, in a recent news release. “These students emerged from an applicant pool larger than any we’ve seen in the past 25 years. Their accomplishments and dedication to their communities have already strengthened our state.”
The five recipients from Tucson and Oro Valley are joined by students from Casa Grande, Chandler, Flagstaff, Glendale, Phoenix, Prescott, Tempe; five schools even had multiple scholars, one of which was University High with two recipients. Included in this year’s class were four new high schools, like BASIS Tucson North and Sonoran Science Academy.
As a group, the new Scholars averaged 1464 out of 1600 on the math and verbal sections of the SAT and 32 out of 36 on the ACT. Nine Scholars were finalists in the National Merit competition—a benchmark honor of the top high-school students nationally.
“It’s no surprise, given our new Scholars’ academic profiles and demonstrated leadership, that the most prestigious universities in the country recruited them intensely over the past two years,” said Matt Ellsworth, director of the Flinn Scholars Program and a 1993 Flinn Scholar, in a recent news release. “In choosing the Flinn Scholarship, they underscore the magnificent opportunities available to honors students at Arizona’s universities—from engaging in the performing arts and scientific research, to the formation of personal partnerships with renowned faculty.”
To become a Flinn Scholar each student must fill out an application and go through an interview process that is substantially more competitive than the admission process for the most selective liberal-arts colleges and research universities. Of all the applicants, only three percent received an award.
In March, the 42 finalists were interviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of respected Arizona leaders. The 20 selected Scholars accepted their offers in April and will begin their undergraduate education in August.
This year's 'class' of scholars will be formally introduced May 4 at a dinner in Phoenix, where they and 16 Flinn Scholars graduating from Arizona’s universities will be honored. Each new Flinn Scholar will also recognize an educator of their choice who has influenced their education in a substantial way.
The Flinn Scholars Program is among a handful of statewide or regional merit-based undergraduate scholarship programs run by private philanthropies. In addition to expenses covering eight semesters of study at an Arizona public university, the scholarship package includes:
- a three-week intensive summer seminar abroad;
- at least one additional study/travel experience abroad or in the United States;
- mentorship by a university faculty member in the Scholar's field of study;
- invitations to cultural events and activities designed to introduce the Scholars to leaders in various fields;
- membership in an active and mutually supportive community of 525 Scholars and alumni.
Baseline requirements for applicants this year were:
- a minimum 3.5 grade-point average;
- a ranking in the top 5 percent of their graduating class;
- a minimum score of 1300 on the SAT test or 29 on the ACT;
- participation and demonstrated leadership abilities in extracurricular activities.
To retain the scholarship, Scholars must maintain a cumulative 3.2 grade-point average and participate in campus or community activities.