Congratulations to our TUHSD 2021 Flinn Scholarship winners!

Congratulations to Mitch Zakocs from Mountain Pointe and Maya Steinberg from Tempe High for being named as 2 of the 20 Flinn Scholars for the Class of 2021! This year, 6 Tempe Union students from Corona del Sol, Desert Vista, Mountain Pointe, and Tempe High were announced as semifinalists for the Flinn Scholarship Program, and these two outstanding students were selected as scholarship winners!

The Flinn Scholars Program received 951 applications for the 2021 scholarship from 209 high schools and 73 cities and towns in 13 of the 15 Arizona counties. About two-thirds of the Semifinalists are from the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Flinn Scholarship, which includes funding for tuition, housing, meals, and study abroad, is valued at more than $120,000.

The 78 chosen Semifinalists were interviewed by three-person panels. Following the Semifinalist interviews, about 40 Flinn Scholarship Finalists advanced to another interview in March with the five-person Selection Committee. The Selection Committee then chooses approximately 20 students for the Flinn Scholarship that were announced late April.

Mitch ZakocsOur first chosen scholar is Mountain Pointe Pride senior Mitch Zakocs. Zakocs plans on attending Arizona State University in the fall to study Computer Science. Zakocs had kind words to share about his honor and his experience at Mountain Pointe the past 4 years; “The Flinn Foundation provides so much to its scholars, and I am extremely excited to be with them for the next four years to pursue my passion for software. I would like to personally thank Ms. Boatright, Ms. Ruelas, Ms. Smith, Mr. Hendrickson, Ms. Cassutt, Ms. Alston, Ms. Reichert and Ms. Austin in no particular order. They have all provided so much encouragement and assistance throughout high school and I am very grateful for that. I’d also like to thank all of my family, friends, club mentors, and coworkers who always provided support and kept me motivated.”

Our second selected scholar is Tempe High senior Maya Steinberg. Steinberg shares that she plans on majoring inMaya Steinberg Women's Studies and Spanish at Northern Arizona University for the next four years. Steinberg responded to this honor with appreciation and a fierce determination to make a difference; “Pursuing this passion, I intend to devote my life to activism with the focus on challenging the systematic inequalities that women face in areas of employment, health and safety, and education. I would like to thank my family, my two best friends, and all of my teachers for being such an amazing support system”.

Congratulations again to our outstanding Flinn Scholars, Mitch Zakocs from Mountain Pointe and Maya Steinberg from Tempe High!