Fatem Kadhem from Valley Vista High School was named a Flinn Scholar semifinalist.
The Flinn Scholarship is a program that awards applicants based on academic achievement, leadership and involvement, service to the community, ability to communicate and personal qualities.
Kadhem is one of more than 80 high-achieving Arizona high-school seniors named as a semifinalist out of 1,045 applicants seeking the scholarship.
By being named Flinn Scholarship semifinalist, the senior will qualify for a specially designated scholarship from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University or the University of Arizona.
Khadem is in the top 1% of her class and has a 4.650 GPA. She serves in many leadership roles including Key Club president, Book Club co-founder and treasurer, Science Olympiad mentor and member, Environmental Club president and co-founder.
She is a member of the National Honor Society and also was named a commended student in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program for her PSAT score.
“To come this far in our very competitive process is an honor earned by just 8% of applicants from around the state. These students impressed reviewers with their academic achievement, service, and leadership,” stated Anne Lassen, Flinn Foundation vice president, scholarship and education initiatives, in a press release.
Khadem will advance to the interview portion later this month with an opportunity to be named one of 40 Flinn Scholarship Finalists. Finalists will be interviewed again with a five-person selection committee at the Flinn Foundation. The Flinn Scholars Class of 2023 will be announced in April.
After graduation, Khadem plans to attend Arizona State University to major in mechanical engineering.
“Fatem Kadhem is an outstanding individual! She is kind, charismatic, has a wonderful sense of humor, and has the drive to succeed in anything she sets out to accomplish,” Valley Vista High School counselor Larissa Scott stated. “If anyone deserves this opportunity, she is by far the best semifinalist out there.”
Now in its 38th year, the Flinn Scholarship is valued at more than $130,000 and includes funding for tuition, housing, meals and study abroad. About 20 Arizona high-school seniors are selected each year and attend the honors colleges of the state’s three public universities.
The Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed, philanthropic grantmaking organization established in 1965 by Dr. Robert S. and Irene P. Flinn. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in Arizona.