The Mensa foundation grant Programs in the United States

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  • The U.S. scholarship program covers all of the country and awards more than $100,000 every year.
  • 14 January 2020

The U.S. scholarship program covers all of the country and awards more than $100,000 every year. The Foundation’s U.S. scholarship program relies on approximately 450 volunteers around the country with support from the Foundation’s office staff.

The Mensa Foundation is offering applications for its three national and international programs that award on essays written by the applicants.

The Mensa Member Award Program which also includes dependents of international Mensa members is for those attending college in the United States. The U.S. program and Mensa International program are for international Mensans attending a college other than in the U.S.

The Mensa Education & Research Foundation was established in 1971. As a philanthropic and nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, it is committed to the pursuit of excellence in human intelligence.


Application from the US and international Mensans (other than American Mensa) will be accepted

The sponsorship will be awarded in any subject offered by the university

To be eligible, the applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning during the academic year following the application date.
  • Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who will be enrolled in accredited colleges for the following academic year may apply.


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The U.S. scholarship program covers all of the country and awards more than $100,000 every year.


To apply, applicants must complete and submit the online application, including the essay explaining his or her career, academic and/or vocational goals

Only one application is allowed per student in this application competition. 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 application form on this website. Essays will be truncated to the limit specified. Essay submissions are stored and reviewed as “plain text” without additional markup. Make note of this when crafting your essay. Applicants’ names, addresses, and other identifying information must not be included in their essays.

Applicants are required to submit a written essay no longer than 550 words describing their career, vocational or academic goals.

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