The Mensa Foundation has a strong commitment to supporting educational outreach and social stimulation for gifted young people everywhere. Specifically, the Foundation provides funding for the following programs.
Activities for Young Mensans ages preschool to college have been provided at each American Mensa Annual Gathering since 1997. Under the Mensa Foundation's sponsorship, the program has expanded and grown.
Mensa For Kids' Bright is the smartest monthly enewsletter for kids ages 6 to 10! Every issue is full of fun games, puzzles, activities and factoids specially selected to encourage children to learn, explore and think outside the box.
Acknowledging the value of the National Endowment for the Humanities' appreciation of classic literature for young people, this year-round challenge to kids of all ages is based on the NEH's "Summertime Reading" list.
The award-winning Mensa for Kids Web site features age-appropriate games and links for 6- to 10-year-olds, as well as study tips, resources for parents and teachers, a monthly feature and a regularly updated blog by site mascot Max the Fox.
These hands-on programs include a series of educational activities for all ages and a group of lesson plans designed for homeschooling or classroom use.
The Mensa Foundation's college scholarship programs base their awards totally on essays written by the applicants.