Scholarships

Oregon Mensa Scholarships

And Mensa Foundation Scholarship
The Mensa Education and Research Foundation Scholarships

Mensa Foundation scholarships are awarded on the basis of an essay that describes the applicant's career, vocational, and/or academic goals along with information that shows how the applicant intends to achieve the stated goal. The general scholarships are unrestricted as to age, race, gender, level of education, grade point average, or financial need.

An applicant does not need to be a member of Mensa, but must be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident. Some scholarships may have specific restrictions, e.g., major or area of study. To be eligible for a Mensa Member scholarship, the applicant must be a current dues-paid American Mensa member or a dependent of a member; the application must include the Mensa member's name.

Eligible students are those who will be pursuing a degree program in an accredited U.S. college or university during the academic year following their application.

Your essay enters you into competition for multiple scholarships; most are general scholarships open to anyone, however a few have restrictions based on major, high school attended, veteran status, etc.
  • Only one application is allowed per student in this public award competition.
  • Applicants must intend to enroll in an accredited U.S. institution for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Applicants must complete all required information on the entry form.
  • Essays must be the applicants' original work and no more than 550 words in length.
  • Essays must be entered via cut/paste on our scholarship application form on this Web site. Essays will be truncated to the limit specified.
  • Essay submissions are stored and reviewed as "plain text" without additional markup. Please make note of this when crafting your essay.
  • Applicants' names, addresses and other identifying information MUST NOT be included in their essays.
  • By submitting the form electronically via our Web site, applicants provide their digital signature certifying that their information and essays are their own work and that they have read these rules and guidelines. Applicants who provide valid email addresses will receive confirmation of their applications via email. Please contact Director@mensafoundation.org if you are unsure of the status of your application.
  • Applications must be submitted online on or before 11:59 p.m., Central time, on January 15, 2015.
  • Application judging is done anonymously. The judges do not know who has entered the competition. If, by chance, you know a scholarship judge, do not contact that individual regarding the competition or your application may be disqualified. Instead, questions regarding the competition should be directed to your local scholarship chair (in Oregon, dlmaul @ aol.com), or Director @ mensafoundation.org.
For more detailed information, visit http://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/.

Essay Requirements

Since consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need, Mensa Foundation scholarships are based totally on the applicant's essay. It's important that your essay accurately and fully describe your life, academic, career and/or vocational goals and how you plan to achieve them.

Emphasis in judging will be placed on inclusion of a clear goal statement, specific information on experience or steps taken toward the goal, persuasiveness (e.g., how your past achievements or experiences and your future planning increase the probability of reaching your goal), why you think that you will succeed, and also grammar, spelling, punctuation, organization and craftsmanship.

The essay must be no longer than 550 words; once pasted into the application, longer essays will be truncated to that length. We're not recommending you use every last syllable available, but keep in mind that the word length was set after determining how many words should be necessary to describe your plan for the rest of your life. Brevity is good, but not at the expense of providing complete information.

The Process

Scholarship applications can be submitted as early as September 15th. The application deadline is January 15th. Winners are generally announced in June.

The process is as follows:
  • Write your essay, following the guidelines on the Essay Requirements page.
  • Select your applicable Local Group Application online at http://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/. Click "Determine eligibility and begin the U.S. process here."
  • Enter your zip code, and indicate whether or not you are a current Mensa member. Membership is not required to be considered for most scholarships.
  • Submit your personal information and essay using the online application.
  • After January 15th, essays are judged at the local level. Your essay and those of all your competitors will be carefully read by a team of volunteer judges.
  • The top essays from all local groups are sent on to be judged at the regional level, by a different team of judges.
  • Top regional essays are then judged by a new team at the National level.
  • National Foundation awards are determined, then regional awards, and finally local level awards are decided.
  • Once the three levels of Foundation awards are assigned, any locally-administered scholarships are awarded.
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