The Flinn Scholars Program
Twenty-one of Arizona’s highest-achieving high-school seniors have been awarded the 2015 Flinn Scholarship, which will provide them a comprehensive educational package at an Arizona public university.
Flinn Scholar alum Blake Thomson will study at the University of Cambridge beginning this fall after being named a Gates Cambridge Scholar, a prestigious honor bestowed upon fewer than 100 students in the world each year.
Rachel Wellhausen, a Class of 2000 Flinn Scholar alum, was so captivated by the program’s summer seminar program in Eastern Europe that she chose to focus on the region in her international-political-economy research, which has led her to some of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Nearly a decade after being introduced to existential psychology at the University of Arizona, Class of 2004 Flinn Scholar Daniel Sullivan returned to Tucson to teach undergraduate courses and conduct research at his alma mater.
Jonathan Pillow, a Class of 1993 Flinn Scholar, has won several prestigious national honors for his neuroscience research. This fall he starts a new assistant-professor position at Princeton University--the school he once wanted to attend before he chose the Flinn Scholarship.
Leah Edwards, a Class of 2010 Flinn Scholar and 2014 graduate of the University of Arizona, pursued a wide range of interests and study across the globe during her college years, leading to prestigious awards, unique internships, and comprehensive environmental studies of major university events.
Daniel Fried, a Class of 2010 Flinn Scholar and recent graduate of the University of Arizona, is one of only 14 students in the United States to be awarded the Churchill Scholarship this year, enabling him to spend a year at the University of Cambridge in England pursuing research and a master’s degree in computer science.
Shantanu Bala, a Class of 2011 Flinn Scholar and Arizona State University student, has been awarded the prestigious Thiel Fellowship that will match him with the world’s brightest young entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley leaders for the next two years.