The Mensa Foundation's college scholarship program

The Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need.

The scholarship application process
opens Sept. 15 and closes Jan. 15.

Determine eligibility and begin the U.S. process here.

The U.S. scholarship program is very large in the geographic area it covers (usually about 75 percent of the country), the number of applications (4,000 to 6,000 in recent years), and the amount of money available for awards (an average of $85,000 a year). The Foundation's U.S. scholarship program is operated by approximately 400 volunteers around the country with support from the Foundation's office staff. 

U.S. applicants need not be Mensa members. However, Mensa members may apply for both these scholarship programs and the additional Mensa Member Award Program.

The Foundation's international scholarship program is open to foreign Mensans or their dependents attending college in the United States.

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