Chaparral, Xavier students named Flinn Scholars, earn scholarships

Twenty of Arizona’s highest-achieving high-school seniors, including two local seniors, have been named Flinn Scholars and will receive scholarships to Arizona’s three public research universities valued at more than $120,000.

Kyle Polen of Chaparral High School and Caroline Hyland of Xavier College Preparatory were both recipients of the scholarships, according to a press release.

Kyle Polen

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, which the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation sponsors 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%.

The 34th class of Flinn Scholars features 20 students from the Valley, 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,” Tammy McLeod, Flinn Foundation president and CEO, said in a prepared statement.

“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.”

Caroline Hyland

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 studying at the three universities at any time, a release states.

“The academic accomplishments, extracurricular involvement, and dedication to service this group has demonstrated are remarkable and we have high hopes for their future contributions,” Anne Lassen, Flinn Scholars program director, said in a prepared statement. “We also want to commend all of the high-achieving students who applied and made this year’s selection so challenging.”

The Flinn Scholarship benefits, beyond covering eight semesters of tuition, fees, and housing and meals, include:

  • A three-week summer seminar in China for the full class following the freshman year, and at least one additional study-abroad experience;
  • Mentorship from top faculty and exposure to Arizona and global leaders, including leaders from Arizona’s business, civic, and academic communities;
  • Membership in a university honors college, with small classes, guest lectures, and research experiences;
  • Intellectual, cultural and social activities developed for Scholars by both the Flinn Foundation and the universities; and
  • Fellowship in the Flinn Scholars community.

The typical Flinn Scholar achieves at least a 3.5 grade point average, a top 5% class rank, and a score of 1340 on the SAT or 29 on the ACT, and demonstrates exceptional leadership in extracurricular activities.

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