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CHS student named 2023 Flinn Scholar

CHS 2023 Flinn ScholarYUMA, AZ - Cibola High School senior Kaylee Woods was recently named a Flinn Scholar by the Flinn Foundation. 

Out of nearly 1,050 applicants, the Flinn Foundation selected 20 students across Arizona as recipients of this prestigious scholarship. 

“I am very fortunate to have been chosen by the Flinn Foundation for this amazing scholarship,” Woods said. “I will make the most of all the wonderful opportunities that Flinn provides and hope to make Yuma proud.”

Woods plans to double-major in Nonprofit Leadership and Management as well as in Psychology at Arizona State University - Barrett Honors College. Her goal after college is to help the Yuma community through policy or direct community work.

Applicants for the Flinn Scholarship must attain at least a 3.5 grade-point average, rank in the top 5 percent of their graduating class, and demonstrate leadership in a variety of extracurricular activities.

“Kaylee is a dynamic leader who possesses a genuine desire to positively impact the lives of others,” CHS Counselor Andrea Hauck said. “She's had a great impact on the Cibola campus and I know she will continue to share her vision, empathy and spirit of service with the ASU community and beyond.”

Woods is the first Cibola student to be awarded the Flinn Scholarship since Edgar Melendrez in 2018. 

According to their website, the Flinn Scholarship Program provides an unparalleled package for undergraduate study at an Arizona public university for 20 of Arizona’s highest-achieving high school seniors each year. The merit-based scholarship program covers the cost of tuition, fees, room and board and at least two study-abroad experiences. The overall financial package is valued at more than $130,000. Flinn Scholars, who attend Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or University of Arizona, also benefit from working with top faculty and researchers, meeting business and civic leaders in their field, and forming their own community and alumni network.

Christian Magana