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New class of 20 Flinn Scholars will stay in Arizona

The 2014 Flinn Scholarship has been awarded to 20 of Arizona’s highest-achieving high-school seniors, who will receive a comprehensive educational package to attend an Arizona public university.

Now in its 29th year, the competitive, merit-based scholarship package is valued at more than $100,000. The scholarship includes the cost of tuition to one of the state’s three public universities, room and board, funding for international study-related travel and professional development, university faculty mentorship, and other benefits. Each award is provided through a partnership between the Flinn Foundation and the universities.

“Once again, this incoming class of Flinn Scholars is filled with high-achieving students who have already demonstrated through academics, leadership, and community service how valuable they are to the state of Arizona,” said Jack Jewett, Flinn Foundation President and CEO. “These 20 Scholars will have a lasting impact on our universities and the state.”

Last fall, 624 Arizona high-school seniors applied for the 2014 Scholarship, the second straight year that the number of applications exceeded 600. The selected Scholars represent 3.2 percent of the applicants.

The 20 Scholars represent 18 high schools. Hamilton High School in Chandler, with three Scholars, is the only school with multiple Scholars. This is the second straight year Hamilton has three Scholars.

The geographic diversity of the Class of 2014 is significant. Five of the Scholars are from outside the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas, from as far apart as Fort Mohave—just south of Bullhead City on the California-Arizona line—and Rio Rico, just north of Arizona’s southern border with Mexico. Other hometowns include Casa Grande, Chandler, Flagstaff, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Prescott, Scottsdale, Tempe and Tucson.

Three high schools have their first-ever Flinn Scholar—River Valley High School in Mohave Valley along with Chandler Preparatory Academy and Northland Preparatory Academy in Flagstaff.

The projected majors of the Scholars cover a wide range, including broadcasting, biomedical engineering, business, physics, neuroscience, and music.

“Each year seems to raise the bar in terms of the accomplishments of our applicants,” said Matt Ellsworth, Flinn Scholars Program director and a 1993 Flinn Scholar. “What distinguishes these 20 Flinn Scholars is the potential they hold to apply their exceptional talents toward the common good.”

Applications are submitted each fall to the Flinn Foundation. A review committee narrows the field and about 75 students are invited for a semifinalist interview. In March, 42 finalists took part in a second round of interviews with the Selection Committee, which is comprised of respected Arizona leaders. The offers to the 20 Scholars were accepted in April. They will begin their undergraduate education in August.

The Flinn Scholar Class of 2014, along with 17 Scholars who will be graduating from Arizona’s universities this year, will be honored at the annual recognition dinner May 3 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix before nearly 200 family members, university officials, teachers, and community leaders. Each new Flinn Scholar will recognize an educator who has influenced them in a substantial way.

The benefits of the scholarship, in addition to covering eight semesters of study at an Arizona public university, include:

  • a three-week summer seminar program, currently in China, following the freshman year;
  • at least one additional study or professional-development experience abroad or within the United States;
  • university faculty mentorship in the Scholar’s field of study;
  • the introduction of Scholars to Arizona’s business, academic, research, and civic leaders through invitations to cultural events and activities; and
  • membership in an active and supportive community of current Scholars and about 450 alumni.

Scholars must maintain a cumulative 3.2 grade-point average in college and be involved in campus or community activities to retain the Scholarship.

The qualifications for typical candidates who apply for the Scholarship include:

  • at least a 3.5 grade-point average;
  • a ranking in the top 5 percent of their graduating class;
  • a score of at least 1300 on the SAT test or 29 on the ACT; and
  • participation and demonstrated leadership abilities in extracurricular activities.

The Flinn Scholars Program, which started in 1986, is operated by the Flinn Foundation Scholarship Program LLC and supported by the Flinn Foundation, a Phoenix-based private, nonprofit, grantmaking organization. The Foundation was established in 1965 by the late Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Flinn with the mission of improving the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations. In addition to the Scholars program, the Foundation supports the advancement of Arizona’s bioscience sector, arts and culture, and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.

2014 Scholar School Hometown
Ian Barton
Apoorva Bhaskara
Alexander Buckley
Delilah Cassidy
Lindsey Chew
Hailey Dickson
Justin Frere
Leah Kaplan
Vaishnavi Koka
Nisha Parasher
Maddie Pickens
Graham Place
Aidan Schneider
Angela Siebrecht
Viputheshwar Sitaraman
Carly Snyder
Tristen Vaughn
Naomi Worob
Jimmy Xu
Jaylia Yan
Nogales High School
Paradise Valley High School
Red Mountain High School
Casa Grande Union High School
Hamilton High School
Desert Vista High School
Brophy College Preparatory
Chaparral High School
Mountain Pointe High School
Chandler Preparatory Academy
BASIS Tucson North
Sabino High School
Northland Preparatory Academy
River Valley High School
Hamilton High School
University High School
Saint Mary’s Catholic High School
Prescott High School
Hamilton High School
Mountain View High School
Casa Grande
Mohave Valley

Bioscience Roadmap gets an extension through 2025

The strategic plan that has guided Arizona’s fast-growing bioscience sector for nearly 12 years is gearing up for a new decade.

“Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap: 2014-2025” will be unveiled starting April 8 at events in Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff, the state’s three metropolitan areas that feature growing bioscience hubs. The plan includes updated strategies that can strengthen and diversify Arizona’s economy while providing Arizonans access to the latest health care innovations.

“The updated Bioscience Roadmap builds on the successes of its first decade and adds contemporary strategies to take Arizona’s bioscience base to the next level,” said Jack Jewett, President & CEO of the Flinn Foundation, which commissioned the update and the original Bioscience Roadmap in 2002. “Arizona is now known as a top emerging bioscience state, but we have far to go to reach our full potential.”

The updated Roadmap will continue to focus on developing Arizona’s biomedical research infrastructure but will emphasize turning this research into new therapies, products, diagnostics, jobs, firms, and other benefits to Arizona. Commercialization, entrepreneurship, creating a critical mass of bioscience firms, and the development of talent are prime themes.

The Roadmap’s overarching vision is for Arizona—a young but rapidly growing state in the biosciences—to become a global competitor and national leader in select areas of the biosciences by 2025.

Over the first decade, Arizona built major research facilities at its universities, formed new private research institutes, attracted top talent, created high-tech business incubators, and greatly expanded statewide STEM (science, technology, education, math) education programs. The number of Arizona bioscience industry jobs grew by 45 percent, nearly four times greater than the nation.

“Arizona has many bioscience strengths and opportunities, but a substantial increase in private and public investment will be needed over the next decade to realize the Roadmap’s goals,” said Walter Plosila, senior advisor to the Battelle Technology Partnership Practice, the Columbus, Ohio-based nonprofit research and development organization that authored the original Roadmap and its update.

Plosila noted that Arizona’s greatest needs are access to risk capital by startup and emerging bioscience firms, building a stronger bioscience entrepreneurship culture, and an expansion of the research infrastructure combined with commercialization at the state’s universities.

The new Roadmap plan features five goals, 17 strategies, and 77 proposed actions. The actions are meant to evolve as needs change over the course of the decade. The plan was developed by Battelle following research, interviews, and focus groups with more than 150 local and national bioscience leaders, including extensive input from Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, a body of more than 100 statewide leaders in science, business, academia, and government.

“An emphasis on the full spectrum of the biosciences—from research to hospitals to bio-agriculture—and a renewed focus on resources, collaboration, and long-term patience is needed for Arizona to continue its ascent in the biosciences,” said Martin Shultz, Senior Policy Director for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, who chairs the Roadmap Steering Committee. “The impact can be profound—the biosciences are a multibillion-dollar industry for Arizona.”

There are six industry segments that comprise the biosciences in Arizona: agricultural feedstock and chemicals; drugs, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostics; medical devices and equipment; research, testing, and medical labs; bioscience-related distribution; and hospitals. A new economic-impact analysis by Battelle estimates the total revenue generated annually by Arizona’s bioscience industry—not counting hospitals—to be $14 billion. With hospitals included, the figure exceeds $36 billion.

Based on the latest industry data (2012), Arizona currently has 106,846 bioscience jobs spread across 1,382 establishments and an annual average wage of $62,775—39 percent higher than the private-sector average. These numbers do not include academic research jobs at the state universities or private research institutes.

Hospitals account for the majority of the state’s bioscience jobs. With hospitals removed from the equation, the other segments combine for 23,545 jobs, 1,266 establishments, and average annual wages of $85,571. Growth in the non-hospital segments accelerated dramatically over the last few years.

The bioscience-related distribution subsector is a new addition to Arizona’s bioscience definition, following the lead of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, the nation’s bioscience trade association. Companies in this subsector coordinate the delivery of bioscience-related products through processes such as cold storage and product monitoring, and new technologies such as automated pharmaceutical distribution systems. This change also called for several smaller industries to be dropped from Arizona’s definition.

The Roadmap also presents updated data on Arizona’s performance in generating grants from the National Institutes of Health, academic research expenditures, venture capital, and tech-transfer measures involving the state universities. These metrics plus industry measures will be tracked throughout the decade by Battelle and reported by the Flinn Foundation.

The Roadmap also includes analyses of Arizona’s bioscience sector that were critical in developing the strategies and actions, such as an assessment of Arizona’s bioscience strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges. It identified Arizona’s core competencies as cancer research, neurosciences, bioengineering, agricultural biotechnology, imaging sciences, precision medicine, diagnostics, health information technologies, and health economics.

The Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking organization established in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. and Irene P. Flinn to improve the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations. The Phoenix-based foundation supports the advancement of the biosciences in Arizona, as well as a merit-based college scholarship program, arts and culture, and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership. “Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap: 2014-2025” is available for download at www.flinn.org.