Foundation Voices Blog

Learn more about the Mensa Foundation’s programs and efforts directly from our Trustees, committee chairs, appointees, donors, staff members, and supporters.

We hope you find inspiration in their stories.

I Just Met a Girl Named Maria

In Naples, Fla., we know people who have a bad day if their hot tub springs a leak. Maria thinks things are okay if she has eaten that day. I am glad Mensa could help her out.

By Rev. Sam Sewell, Southwest by South Florida Mensa
Building Upon Our Foundation's Legacy

The Foundation continues on the path its founders embarked on 46 years ago. Moving forward, we have so many opportunities to continue enhancing and growing programs, adding new ones, and broadening their impact.

By Marie Mayer, Mensa Foundation President
Credibility Through Recognition

Matthew Guggemos, Redwood Empire Mensan and 2013 Intellectual Benefits to Society Award winner, returns to discuss how winning the Intellectual Benefits to Society Award has affected his company's innovative assistive mobile app to help improve communication skills in children with autism.

By Matthew Guggemos
Latest MRJ Explores Music's Impact on the Mind

I seem to know instinctively that there must be a correlation between musical ability and intelligence. I decided to see if this was correct. It seems that yes, there is a correlation. You can read what I found in the latest issue of the Mensa Research Journal.

By Steve Slepner, Editor, Mensa Research Journal
Scholarships Essays Detail Rich Backgrounds of Deserving Applicants

Lost sometimes in the breadth of the Foundation’s scholarship program are the individual applicants who are impacted — and their compelling stories. Nicole's heartwarming essay reminds us how important the Foundation's work can be.

Hopes and Aspirations Unfold for Scholarship Essay Judges

As you may have heard, the Mensa Foundation is increasing the amount of the Cooper/Mossip Scholarships for the upcoming scholarship program year to $600. We had a goal of doubling what had been a $300 scholarship. With a significant bequest from a Mensa member, we can accomplish that goal much sooner than we had anticipated.

By Jane Hanson and Marie Mayer, Foundation Trustees
Foundation Award Recognizes Tech Innovator

We catch up with Kevin Dewald, the Foundation's 2016 International Copper Black award winner to discuss his work with gesture recognition and his thoughts on the Foundation's recognition.

By Scott Snider, Foundation staff
This Is Why it Matters -- Incoming President details Foundation's impact

When I retired from my day job a few years ago, I had visions of reading books while lounging in my Adirondack chair near my neatly tended perennial garden. Nice fantasy. Since then, my path has taken quite a different turn.

By Marie Mayer, Foundation President