01 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Mensa Scholarship Essay Competition Closes in Two Weeks

UPDATE: The essay competition has closed.

The Mensa Scholarship Essay competition opened September 15, 2017 and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Central Time, January 15, 2018.

The Mensa Foundation scholarship program is an essay contest that is open to all students who are enrolled in a U.S. college or university in the academic year following the award. Applicants write 550-word essays that describe their educational and/or career goals. Entries are judged solely on content – including grammar. No financial information needed or considered for awards. You do not have to be a member to be eligible for the public scholarships, and there also are 2 scholarships for a Mensa member and/or member’s dependent.


There are 3 unrestricted National Awards, 2 unrestricted Local Awards, and 4 unrestricted Regional Awards.

In addition, there are restricted special category scholarships for:

  1. Graduate student planning a career in professional writing, teaching English grammar and/or writing.
  2. Study of aeronautical engineering or an aerospace field.
  3. A female returning to school after any absence of 7 or more years.
  4. Pursuing a degree in Natural Sciences or Mathematics.
  5. Study for an undergraduate liberal arts degree (BA or AA)
  6. Graduate study in history.
  7. Study in journalism.
  8. Pursuing a degree in the Art, including creative writing and journalism.
  9. Pursuing a degree in the Fine Arts.
  10. For a Veteran.
  11. For study in interpersonal communication, mediation or related study.
  12. Study in Fine Arts that include applied arts such as architecture, photography, ceramics and textiles.
  13. For an LGBT applicant.

Four scholarships were new last year:

  1. 4 Paws and a Tail ? $600.00
    Restricted to graduate level studies or continuing education of an established Veterinarian
  2. Dr. Peter M. Kendall Science Scholarship ? $600.00
    Restricted to the Natural Sciences including but not limited to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Environmental Science, Forestry, Pre?Med, Pre?Dent
  3. STEM Scholarship ? $2,000.00
    For natural and applied science, technology, and math majors
  4. Carol Martinez Scholarship ? $2,500.00
    Restricted to the field of information technology

To apply go to: www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships

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