Intellectual Benefits to Society Award

One of the purposes of Mensa is to identify and foster intelligence for the betterment of humanity. The Mensa Foundation fulfills that by assisting intellectually gifted people in the development of their intellectual and social abilities so that they can better benefit society.

In pursuit of both goals, American Mensa and the Mensa Foundation founded an award recognizing the application of Mensans’ intellectual abilities that result in tangible benefit to society. This accomplishment should be innovative in some respect. It may be a single achievement such as an invention, or it may be the cumulative effect of several innovative accomplishments, but it must be shown to have a tangible benefit to a substantial number of people.

Acceptable activities include, for example, new or significantly improved education programs for employees, clients or business associates; programs designed to educate the public, including children, youth and adults; novel philanthropic efforts; and intellectual research and development.

Make My Nomination
Nominations must be received by March 1.


Only American Mensa members whose membership is active at the time of nomination are eligible. Especially encouraged are educators, business executives, and governmental and military leaders. Activities submitted for nomination may be paid or unpaid. Consideration will be given to the number of people impacted.

Individuals may nominate themselves or another member, provided he or she has given written consent. If you’re a member of a different national Mensa or a member of Mensa International, Ltd., you’re eligible for the International Intellectual Benefits to Society Award.


Excluded are Mensa member activities appropriate for the Foundation’s other award programs, including the Distinguished Teacher Award, the Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Political activities are also excluded from consideration.

For more information about this award, please email the Intellectual Benefits Committee Chair.