Scholarship Judges Needed

CALLING ALL READERS! We need you to spend some time, a few hours in late January or early February, to score scholarship essays.

The Mensa Foundation scholarship program is an essay contest that is open to all students living in the U.S. 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. Winning essays are judged by members using Foundation criteria. Please consider being one of those judges.

As Assistant National Scholarship Chair in charge of Nonparticipating Groups, I’m recruiting about 60 members from all over the U.S. to judge essays. We’re looking for members who are confident in their knowledge of writing and reading skills. Of course English teachers and professional writers are welcome, but so are members from all walks of life.

Essays will be emailed to you in late January. You’ll have at least a week to read and score them in your home, though we hope it will take only an afternoon or two. You email the scores back and you’re done!

You may already be planning to judge essays for another Scholarship Chair. I don’t want to steal current judges from local groups or regions. However, for those members who love reading essays and want to spend an additional few hours reading more, you can participate at this level with no fear of conflict of interest. Let me know which region or local group you’re working with.

Please email our Volunteer Coordinator with any questions and to get involved in this worthwhile program.