The Mensa Foundation has a strong commitment to supporting educational outreach and social stimulation for gifted young people everywhere. Specifically, the Foundation provides funding for the following programs.
Activities for Young Mensans ages preschool to college have been provided at each American Mensa Annual Gathering since 1997. Under the Mensa Foundation's sponsorship, the program has expanded and grown.
Acknowledging the value of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ appreciation of classic literature for young people, the Mensa Foundation developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading program, a year-round challenge to kids of all ages based in part on the NEH’s “Summertime Favorites” and “Nonfiction Favorites” reading lists.
The award-winning Mensa for Kids website features age-appropriate games and links for 6- to 16-year-olds, as well as study tips and resources for parents and teachers.
Mensa For Kids' Bright is the smartest quarterly newsletter for kids ages 6 to 10! Every issue is full of fun games, puzzles, activities, and factoids specially selected to encourage children to learn, explore, and think outside the box.
These hands-on programs include a series of educational activities for all ages and a group of lesson plans designed for homeschooling or classroom use.
The Mensa Foundation's college scholarship programs base its awards totally on essays written by the applicants.