Scottsdale, Anthem students receive prestigious scholarships

Two students from Great Hearts Academies each have been honored with a prestigious Flinn Foundation Scholarship.

The Flinn Scholarship Program provides an unparalleled package for undergraduate study at an Arizona public university, and is awarded to 20 of Arizona’s highest-achieving high school seniors each year.

Aidan McGirr, a senior at Anthem Prep, and Megan Whitley, a senior at Scottsdale Prep, stood out against over 700 competing applicants to be selected.

As Flinn Scholars, Mr. McGirr and Ms. Whitley will receive full scholarships to honor colleges at any state university in Arizona, in addition to room and board and at least two travel abroad experiences, a total value of more than $115,000, according to a press release.

They also will have the opportunity to work closely with top faculty and researchers, meet business and civic leaders in their field and form their own community and alumni network.

“For Great Hearts to have one student named as a Flinn scholar would be an incredible honor; having two of the 20 statewide recipients attend our academies is indeed an extraordinary accomplishment,” stated Great Hearts Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Robert Jackson in the release. “To be named a Flinn Scholar is a testament to the character and academic dedication of these two students. We are so proud of Megan and Aidan, and we look forward to hearing of their continued academic achievements. They are remarkable representatives of the Great Hearts Class of 2016.”

Great Hearts is the largest provider of classical education in the country, serving more than 13,000 students at 29 public schools in greater Phoenix, and San Antonio and Irving, Tex., with wait lists that exceed enrollment, the release stated.

Great Hearts provides a robust liberal arts curriculum incorporating advanced math and science, a focus on the arts and foreign language, and a range of extra-curricular activities and athletics.

Parents interested in having their student attend a Great Hearts academy can apply online at

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