Dobson High student named Flinn Scholar

Dobson High senior Kelli Brown is one of 22 Arizona students to earn the scholarship award from the Flinn Foundation.

Photo of Dobson High 2018 Flinn Scholar Kelli BrownDobson High senior Kelli Brown has been named a 2018 Flinn Scholar. The highly competitive merit-based award is valued at more than $120,000 and covers tuition, and room and board at an Arizona public university. It also funds study-abroad experiences, an off-campus internship and more. Brown is one of only 22 students in the state to earn the award.

"These young adults, who have passionately pursued their interests and developed their talents over their high school careers, share an extraordinary ambition to contribute to their university and civic communities," says Anne Lassen, Flinn Scholars Program director. "This incredible group left the 2018 Selection Committee profoundly encouraged about the future of Arizona."

Brown will attend Arizona State University to study global health and epidemiology. She hopes to become an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Brown is Dobson High's valedictorian and involved in We the People and Academic Decathlon. Along with challenging academics, she enjoys the social and civic aspects of school.

"Mesa Public Schools was an environment where I was exposed to a more diverse group of people who were passionate about making a difference in their community," she says. 

Brown has valuable advice for incoming freshmen to make the most of their time at high school.

"Remember that you will be a very different person at graduation, so it's important to think ahead," she says. "By setting your sights too low now, you may limit your opportunities in the future. Challenge yourself! Try something you might be interested in. All the work you put in now will help you achieve the things you want four years down the road."

(Photo by Jacob Fendley/Dobson High School)


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