Scholarship application form



Personal Information

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Educational Information

School You Plan to Attend

Please provide the information on the school that you plan to attent in the next academic year.


Scholarship Awards

General scholarships for which you are eligible have been checked. Review the criteria for the other scholarships listed below and check those for which you meet the requirements. (If you do not meet the criteria, you are not eligible for that specific scholarship.)

There may be multiple variations of the same award listed if it is offered multiple times. You may opt into each.

Restricted to graduate level studies or continuing education of an established veterinarian

Restricted to Region 6 - Academic focus of Education grades 1-12

For a student who has been out of formal education for a period of six or more years

Must be from local group area 02-080 and foreign language oriented

Pursuing a degree in information technology

Restricted to local group area 10-342 - Additional restriction winner must be pursuing a degree in accounting and/or software programming

Restricted to Undergraduates in local group area 09-900

Study of aeronautical engineering or an aerospace field

Must be a U.S. military veteran or spouse of a veteran

Restricted to the natural sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geology, environmental science, forestry, pre-med, pre-dent)

Eligible students must be a member of Mensa (except American Mensa), or a child/dependent of a member, and will be pursuing a degree program in an accredited U.S. college or university in the next academic year

Awarded to one region each year on a rotating basis

Fine arts, including applied arts (e.g., architecture, photography, ceramics, and textiles)

One award per region.

Study for an undergraduate liberal arts degree (B.A. or A.A.)

For a student pursuing a degree in the fine arts

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

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

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

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

Best in competition

Next-best essay in competition that did not receive a national award or Mensa member award

Next-best essay in competition that did not receive a national award or Mensa member award

Restricted to Region 9 with a study of Accounting, Banking, Nursing or Physical Therapy

One award per region.

Graduate study in history

For a student in journalism

Graduate student who plans a career in professional writing or teaching English grammar and/or writing

Applicant must openly identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender

Study of physics or chemistry OR someone who has been out of formal education for a period of five or more years

Must be American Mensa Member or IRS dependent of an American Mensa member.

Must be American Mensa Member or IRS dependent of an American Mensa member.

Must be from local group area 01-100 and major in Performing/Theater Arts

For a female returning to school after any absence of seven or more years – may be re-enrolled at time of application.

For a student pursuing a degree in the arts, including creative writing and journalism

Restricted to local group area 09-920

Restricted to local group area 09-920

Restricted to local group area 09-920

Restricted to local group area 09-920

For natural and applied science, technology, engineering, and math majors (including medical and health sciences majors)

Applicant must studying Nursing, in a degree program that is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and has a nursing license (either RN or LPN/LVN)

Restricted to local group area 06-750

Restricted to local group area 06-750

Restricted to local group area 09-920

Interpersonal communications, mediation, or related study

Pursuing a degree in the natural sciences or mathematics

Restricted to local group area 06-750

Restricted to local group area 09/857

For a U.S. military veteran

Restricted to local group area 03-150

Restricted to local group area 03-150

Restricted to local group area 03-150


Qualifying Essay

Essay length is limited to 550 words; anything in excess of this limit will be truncated. DO NOT include information in your essay that would clearly identify you. Submissions are stored and reviewed as plain text with no additional markup. Include a blank line between paragraphs.

Since your scholarship application will be judged solely on the basis of this essay, it's important that your essay accurately and fully describe your life, academic, career and/or vocational goals and how you plan to achieve them.

Rules and Guidelines

Emphasis in judging is 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 2020 - 2021 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 website. 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 website, applicants provide their digital signature certifying that their information and essays are their own work and that they have read these rules and guidelines. Please contact Director@mensafoundation.org 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, 2020.
  • 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 Director@mensafoundation.org.

The decision of the judges is final.


the accompanying essay is solely my own work, that I have read and understand the rules and conditions set above, and that I meet all of them. I agree to accept the judges' decisions 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 website, may submit appropriate publicity releases to the media, and may post results on any Mensa website.