Mensa international scholarship

Mensa Foundation scholarships are awarded on the basis of an essay that describes the applicant’s career, vocational, and/or academic goals along with information that shows how the applicant intends to achieve the stated goal. The general scholarships are unrestricted as to age, race, gender, level of education, grade point average, or financial need.


To be eligible for the Mensa international scholarship, applicants must be a Mensa member (other than American Mensa). Applications must include the country of membership and membership number (if known).

Eligible students are those who will be pursuing a degree program at an accredited college or university in a country other than the United States during the academic year following their application.

To apply for a Mensa Foundation scholarship, complete the application form below. The required fields are indicated with an asterisk; incomplete applications will not be considered. Note: You must include an email address to receive an email confirmation after you have submitted your application.

Essay length is limited to 550 words (or less). If you exceed that length, your essay will be truncated. We recommend that you write, edit and proofread your essay before you copy/paste it into the application form.

Review the Scholarship Rules and Guidelines for more information. Only applications and essays that conform to these rules and guidelines will be considered. Submit your application once. Multiple entries may be disqualified.

Scholarship winners will be notified by mail before the end of June. A list of winners and their city, state, and/or country will be posted here on our website by the end of June.

Scholarship Application

*National Mensa Country:
*Mensa Member Name or ID:
*First Name:
*Last Name:
Date of Birth: / /

Legal Address Information

*Address Line 1:
Address Line 2:
Postal Code:

Present Address Information ( Same as legal address above)

*Address Line 1:
Address Line 2:
*State or Country:
Postal Code:

Contact Information

Phone Number:
*Email Address:

Education Information

*Present Education Level:
*Degree Program for 2019-2020 Academic Year:
Degree Major or Area of Study (if known):

Current School Information

School Name:
Address Line 1:
Address Line 2:
*State or Country:
Postal Code:

Future School Information (if known) ( Same as current school above)

School Name:
Address Line 1:
Address Line 2:
*State or Country:
Postal Code:

Scholarship awards you may be eligible for (check all that you feel may apply)

International Scholarship - 1 - USD $1,000 to $2,000
Eligible students must be a member of Mensa (except American Mensa), and will be pursuing a degree program at an accredited college or university other than the United States during the next academic year.

Qualifying Essay

*Submit your essay here:
(Essay word limit is 550 words; DO NOT include information in your essay that would identify you. Submissions are stored and reviewed as plain text with no additional markup. Include a blank line between paragraphs.) I used the services of a translator in the preparation of this essay
Rules and Guidelines

Emphasis in judging will be placed on a goal statement that includes specific information on experience or steps taken toward the goal, persuasiveness (e.g., how your past achievements/experiences and your future planning increase the probability of reaching your goal), why you think that you will succeed, and also grammar, spelling and punctuation.

  • Only one application is allowed per student in this scholarship competition.
  • Applicants must intend to enroll in an accredited educational institution for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Applicants must complete all required information on the entry form.
  • Essays must be the applicants' original work and no more than 550 words in length.
  • Essays must be entered via cut/paste on our scholarship application form on this Web site. Essays will be truncated to the limit specified.
  • Essay submissions are stored and reviewed as "plain text" without additional markup.  Please make note of this when crafting your essay.
  • Applicants' names, addresses, and other identifying information MUST NOT be included in their essays.
  • By submitting the form electronically via our Web site, applicants provide their digital signature certifying that their information and essays are their own work and that they have read these rules and guidelines. Applicants who provide a valid email address will receive confirmation of their application via email. Please contact if you are unsure of the status of your application.
  • Applications must be submitted online on or before 11:59 p.m., CST (Central Standard Time) or 05:59, GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), on January 15, 2019.
  • Application judging is done anonymously. The judges do not know who has entered the competition. If, by chance, you know a scholarship judge, do not contact that individual regarding the competition or your application may be disqualified. Instead, questions regarding the competition should be directed to

The decision of the judges is final.

I certify that the accompanying essay is solely my own work, that I have read and understand the rules and conditions set above and have met all of them. I agree to accept the decisions of the judges as final. I understand that any award may be revoked for failure to provide appropriate documentation regarding educational status.

All essays become the property of the Foundation. I agree that Mensa or the Foundation may print my essay in or on any Mensa publication or web site, may submit appropriate publicity releases to the media, and may post results on any Mensa web site.
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