USA: Mensa Foundation Scholarship, 2019/2020.

Institution/University: Mensa Foundation College

Country Of Study: United States

Level/Field Of Study: Undergraduate

Application Deadline: 15 January, 2020

The Mensa foundation college has made available various scholarships to aid students in their pursuit of higher education. They are as such inviting applications from qualified persons to apply for the scholarship. See details.,

The Mensa Foundation’s College Scholarship Program has dished out about 9,000 applications in recent years, with an average of $140,000 in awards each year to students around the U.S.

Mensa scholarship program relies on humble donations from approximately 450 volunteers around the country with support from the Foundation’s office staff.

The Mensa College Scholarship Program includes one or more scholarships of $2000, and may also include Honorable Mentions, all of which are awarded in accordance with the dictates of the Board of Directors of the MCSP, as the funding permits.

This scholarship is not based on financial need or academic program. You can just write an essay describing your career plan and the means you undertake to achieve your goals. A well written essay can earn you a scholarship of $2000.

Essays may be written either in English or in French, but only one essay would be accepted per applicant. The Mensa Canada Scholarship Program wishes to reward students who follow through with their career strategy.

Any claims made in the essay will be subjected to verification, including but not limited to patents, publications, academic standings, and medical procedures. The decision of the judges is final. Finalists will be required to provide official proof of enrollment and sign a written consent form indicating that the submitted essay is entirely his or her own work and to allow the Mensa Canada Scholarship Program’s designated agents to use their name, photograph for publicity purposes.


Applicants may also be asked to provide proof of U.S citizenship, resident permit or landed immigrant status and up to two letters of reference.

Level/Field of Study

Mensa International Scholarship is for college students who are currently studying in the United States and also for International Mensa Member attending a college other than in the US

Host Nationality

The scholarship is hosted in the United States.

Eligible Nationalities

The Foundation’s International Scholarship Program is open to international Mensans around the world, other than American Mensa.

Scholarship Worth

The Mensa College Scholarship Program offers a number of different scholarships, with awards ranging from $2000 to $3000, and each scholarship has its own eligibility requirements.


Below are the eligibility criteria which interested applicants must meet:

  • U.S. applicants need not be Mensa members. American Mensa members are eligible to apply to both the public scholarship program and the American Mensa member scholarship program. In the event that a member or dependent wins in both programs, only the scholarship of higher value will be awarded following the Foundation’s rule of one award per applicant.
  • Applicants must be U.S citizens or landed immigrants enrolled in a full-time program at an American post-secondary institution, accredited by the applicable provincial Ministry of Education, during the 2018 – 2019 academic year.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old by January 31, 2019.
  • All general awards are unrestricted as to race, gender, level of post-secondary education or financial need.

How to Apply:

To apply, interested candidates need only to review our rules and criteria, and to submit a 250-word essay describing your career goals in 250 words or less.

  • Save your essay in TXT or RTF format under the title “Essay”.
  • Your essay contain explicit ideas and information describing the main goals.
  • Indicate the course of study and the post-secondary institution which you are attending in the 2018 – 2019 academic year.
  • Describe any steps you have taken, relevant experience gained (e.g., paid or volunteer jobs, classes, honors, offices, organizations) and any difficulties you have overcome in pursuit of your goal.
  • Ensure that there is no form of author’s identity on the essay
  • Your e-mail must contain only your personal information and the attached file must contain only your essay. The e-mails and the attached files will be numbered and separated. The essays will be judged anonymously.
  • Applications must be sent by e-mail as indicated in the instructions on the Submit Essay page. Those received by any other means will be disqualified.
  • Your essay should be submitted only once Unless you receive a “Mail Undeliverable” e-mail reply within 2-3 minutes, then your essay has been submitted successfully.

Application Judging Process:

  • Mensa’s Foundation assembles local judging teams of at least three members to review the applications. The essays are judged based on content and also grammar, organization, and craftsmanship.
  • The Local Scholarship board refers to the best local essays to the Regional Scholarship board for review. The regional board arranges for all of the essays referred from local chapters to be judged a second time.
  • Regional judges rank the local winners and nominate the best essays for regional and national awards. These essays are then forwarded to the National Scholarship Chairs. The National Scholarship Chairs conduct additional rounds of judging to select the regional and national winners.
  • Each applicant can receive only one Mensa Foundation scholarship per year; therefore, the winners are chosen to begin at the highest dollar amounts. The next highest scores receive awards of the next lower amounts, and so on until all the winners are chosen based on the judges’ scores.
  • The final list of scholarship winners will be presented to the Mensa Foundation Board of Trustees, to certify the winners.
  • The selected winners will be notified by mail and given instructions for claiming their award.

Mensa Scholarship Application Deadline

The 2019-2020 competition begins on September 15, 2019, and ends on January 15, 2020. The results of the competition will be announced in late July or early August 2020.

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