Mensa Foundation scholarship period starts Sept. 15

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (Sept. 15, 2016) — The Mensa Education and Research Foundation supports and celebrates the work of intelligent people through its scholarships, awards program and gifted youth outreach.

Starting this month, the Mensa Foundation welcomes applications to its scholarship program. More than 150 scholarships are being offered. Only one of the scholarships requires membership in Mensa. All scholarships offered by the Mensa Foundation are essay-based. The scholarship application period ends Jan. 15, 2017.

Last year, more than 11,000 students competed for 190 scholarship awards at the local, regional, national, and international level with a value of more than $91,000. The U.S. scholarship program covers all of the country and awards more than $87,000 a year. The Foundation's U.S. scholarship program relies on approximately 400 volunteers around the country with support from the Foundation's office staff.

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The Mensa Education & Research Foundation benefits society by inspiring and empowering intellectually gifted people. For more than 40 years the Foundation has supported the best and brightest through scholarships and awards. It encourages research and intellectual inquiry through the Mensa Research Journal and its various Colloquiums. Governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, the Mensa Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and is funded by American Mensa, Mensa members and other charitable donations. To learn more about the Foundation and the scholarship program, visit mensafoundation.org.