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.

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
I'll Miss the Foundation -- And you would, too

It all started in the mid-’80s with a small ad in the Bulletin: Help Wanted — Editor of the Mensa Research Journal. “I can do that,” I thought.

By Phyllis Miller, Foundation Trustee
Treat Yourself: Foundation Rewards Our Minds and Futures

The Mensa Foundation brings scholarships and colloquiums to us. It’s up to us to make the most of them and, by donating our time and our funds, to make sure they continue.

By Phyllis Miller, Trustee
Recognize Dedication and Talent Through Your Foundation

It's that time between the holidays and the first crocus where those of us grounded by blizzards watch the weather forecasts and daydream of spring and summer days. As school winds down, parents start thinking about ways to show appreciation to all the people who guided, cajoled, taught, encouraged and inspired our children.

By Jane Hanson and Joan Hiller, Trustees
Supporting Local Groups Through Matching Grants

Each local group can apply for up to $200 per year to pay for things like planetarium shows, museum admissions and even behind-the-scenes visits to local theme parks — all that is asked in return is for the local group to share the costs.

By Lessa Scherrer and Joanne Soper, Trustees