North HS Senior Nan Qiu Among 79 Semifinalists for the Prestigious 2016 Flinn Scholarship

Posted by Community Relations on 1/7/2016

Senior Nan Qiu is among 79 semifinalists for the prestigious 2016 Flinn Scholarship. There were 761 applications from the most talented high school seniors in Arizona. Semifinalists must have a 20-minute interview in January, and finalists will be interviewed again in late February.

There are only 20 Flinn Foundation Scholars selected statewide each year. The merit-based scholarship program covers the cost of tuition, fees, room and board and at least two travel abroad experiences for students attending ASU, U of A or NAU. The overall financial package is valued at more than $115,000.

Qiu is ranked number one in her class, with sights on being valedictorian, thanks to a 4.92 GPA. Her favorite subjects are math and biology. She is captain of the tennis team and the number one singles player and a vital team member of the North Robotics team, doing electrical and mechanical duties, as well as programming.   Qiu knew no English when she relocated from China just two years ago and now is fluent. She even tutors students in Spanish. Harvard and UC-San Diego are her other college choices, studying medicinal chemistry.