Desert Vista senior selected as 2020 Flinn Scholar

Anya Chaudhry Desert Vista High School senior Anya Chaudhry was named a 2020 Flinn Scholar, a prestigious recognition by the Flinn Foundation.

The merit-based award, supported by the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation in partnership with Arizona’s three state universities, covers the full cost of tuition, mandatory fees, housing, meals, and a myriad of exclusive opportunities—a package valued at more than $120,000.

"We're so proud of Anya for this outstanding accomplishment that is the result of years of hard work and dedication," Desert Vista Principal Mike Deignan said. "She has represented Desert Vista so very well, and we look forward to seeing what great things are in her future at ASU and beyond."

A record 1,014 Arizona high-school seniors applied for the Flinn Scholarship, producing a less than 2 percent award rate. Chaudhry was one of 19 Flinn Scholars to have been selected from wide range of fields for their studies, including entrepreneurship, biology, astrophysics, philosophy, pre-veterinary medicine, public policy, chemical engineering, linguistics, pre-neuroscience, and physiology.

“There is so much to admire in each of these Flinn Scholars,” said Anne Lassen, Flinn Scholars Program director. “They are all extremely bright and excel in the classroom. But what makes them stand out is how they engage with the world, their dedication to their schools and communities, and their motivation to have a positive impact on the future of Arizona and beyond.”

For more on the Flinn Scholarship, visit: