The Mensa Foundation Scholarship Program


January 15, 2024

Awards Available: 191

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  • Scholarship Description
  • The Mensa Foundation Scholarship Program awards more than $175,000 in assistance every year to college-bound students around the globe. Scholarships are awarded based solely on 550-word essays expressing applicants’ academic and professional goals and how their personal experiences will help them to accomplish those goals. 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.

    Essays are judged on grammar, organization and craftsmanship; further, the word limit is 550. We’re not recommending you use every last syllable available, but keep in mind that the word length was set after determining how many words should be necessary to describe your plan for the rest of your life. Brevity is good, but not at the expense of providing complete information. Your essay and those of all your competitors will be carefully read by at least two teams of volunteer judges before winners are selected. In other words, the competition is strong, and the judges are human beings who are volunteering their time to support the quest for a good education. Keep in mind that the process is about encouraging substance, not style. Turn in a clean and concise essay, but for best results, let your personal passions and goals shine through. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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Jonathan G  on 1/15/2023 11:18:21 AM

I'm currently working full-time as a paramedic. I'm currently working anywhere from 24-60 hours of overtime approximately every pay period, for sure every month. The scholarship would benefit me financially by hopefully letting me focus more on my studies (even if it's for a short period of time) and not work as much overtime just to survive.

Lauren B  on 1/12/2023 3:07:28 PM

This scholarship could allow me to work as an EMT this summer if given the opportunity. It would ensure that I did not have to work 30 hours a week in the restaurant industry, and instead participate in something that benefits both my career and the community.

Lanaya F  on 1/9/2023 8:25:19 PM

Hi, I applied for this scholarship to continue to strive for my dream job which is becoming an FBI in BAU. I live In The Bronx, NY and luckily I was able to attend a private school. Seeing my mom struggle pay tuition and with dealing with her own expenses is hard and I don't want to be in debt in college without getting financial assistance.

Esmeralda F  on 1/8/2023 6:18:55 PM

I applied for this scholarship with hopes of getting financial assistance to help fund my goal of becoming a radiologist. Good luck to all!

deveon s  on 1/2/2023 5:13:21 PM

Just applied hope I'm lucky because I have an outstanding balance

Priscila M  on 12/30/2022 5:35:49 AM

I honestly wish I can win this scholarship cause I'm looking for a better future in my life professionally and it will be an honor for me if I get this opportunity as a professional . I want to represent all the Hispanic people in this country who wants to become professional and be a good example for them I'm pretty sure is going to be like that even more if I get this big opportunity .

Robert R  on 12/11/2022 6:29:10 PM

I just applied for the scholarship and I hope to win it to fund my education!

Danait G  on 12/9/2022 10:25:29 AM

I would love to apply for this Scholarship and I hope to get in to it hopefully Mensa will help me lead my Education situation to a different higher level.

Danait G  on 12/9/2022 10:23:48 AM

I would love to apply for this Scholarship and I hope to get in to it hopefully Mensa will help me lead my Education situation to a different higher level.

Danait G  on 12/9/2022 10:23:13 AM

I would love to apply for this Scholarship and I hope to get in to it hopefully Mensa will help me lead my Education situation to a different higher level.

Nicholas S  on 11/21/2022 12:03:50 PM

I've applied to the scholarship. I hope Mensa will hear our pleas and help us be future leaders.

Jaade H  on 11/17/2022 6:10:06 PM

I would love to apply for this scholarship snd the opportunity to help pay for my college and pursue my dream of medical field career.

Elainy R  on 11/9/2022 10:07:38 AM

I would want to get this scholarship because i need finantial help to go to college. i would be so happy if i can get this scholarship to fullfil my dreams

Monique J  on 1/16/2020 6:53:45 PM

I Pray all that are in need of this money to return too school BETTER their situation Be granted this reward

ROSALIA O  on 1/15/2020 3:17:47 PM

Just applied for this scholarship keeping my fingers crossed hope to get some help. ; )

Daeja J  on 1/15/2020 10:46:48 AM

I applied for this scholarship and good luck to everyone else who has also!

Camryn D  on 1/14/2020 10:17:50 PM

I need this scholarship to pay for college because I do not have a support system to go through college and I need the money for medical expenses to pay.

Johnathan G  on 1/14/2020 8:49:53 PM

I applied for this scholarship in order to assist me in eliminating tuition expenses and student balances.

Natasha C  on 1/14/2020 7:55:54 PM

Application submitted! I applied because I am seeking funds to complete my doctorate degree. I hope that my research helps to bring about positive social change and a better quality of life for many. The goal of scholars is to help propel the Human Race forward. Let's be united in this goal. Good luck to all and thank you, Mensa Foundation.

justin w  on 1/14/2020 11:50:06 AM

I'm a heavy advocate for alcohol and drug addictions/awareness. In 2007 I lost my uncle to drugs, in 2014 I lost my mother(who had just turned 40) to alcoholism. Last year, I found my brother(26) passed away in his apartment in Racine. When my mother died, I struggled with alcoholism, and can proudly say I conquered it over the past few years. With these experiences, I've volunteered, and have been to a ton of AA meetings, I plan in the near future(once I hopefully have my neck surgery) to start bringing awareness into the college, and hope to help bring change for the university, and the community.

Emiko T  on 1/14/2020 7:45:03 AM

What a great opportunity for everyone! I hope I win a piece of this scholarship .

Aaron C  on 1/14/2020 7:01:48 AM

Not sure if it's the best essay, but I poured my heart out about my passion so I think I stand a fair chance

Nicole T  on 1/13/2020 9:42:26 PM

I just got out of the military and I unfortunately was not able to pursue college while enlisted, so I need to pay for college out of my own pocket.

Tatyana H  on 1/13/2020 7:31:49 PM

I been applying for scholarships for years and ive havent been lucky enough to be rewarded with even 1.

kellie r  on 1/13/2020 1:34:13 PM

Good luck everybody I just applied!

Miracle C  on 1/13/2020 12:51:49 PM

I am in debt to my college and i don't want to take more loans than I already have. I currently do not have a job or any way to pay for college so any amount of money is appreciated.

Bethany C  on 1/12/2020 8:33:33 PM

Just applied and hoping to stay on campus to experience the college experience! Room and Board is overly expensive!

Wafa A  on 1/12/2020 12:08:58 PM

I applied in hopes of relieving my family of the burden of college payments.

Sasha W  on 1/12/2020 11:59:08 AM

This will be my first time applying for this scholarship, I am currently a sophomore in college and studying sports medicine. I am already ahead of my graduation date so this scholarship would not only help me pay for my tuition but I also do track for my college. This is would be a blessing to me and my mother since she is a single mother but wants to see me achieve all my goals!

Destany N  on 1/12/2020 8:16:20 AM

I am currently a senior in high school and need more funding for my future degree.

Destany N  on 1/11/2020 6:17:03 PM

I am currently a senior in high school and need more funding for my future degree.

LaTaysha R  on 1/11/2020 12:47:23 PM

I would really love to continue with my education but finances are making It hard to do so. I pray I get rewarded.

Ashley D  on 1/10/2020 4:42:32 PM

I am in need of help through school to to reach my goal of becoming a nurse!

Mildred H  on 1/10/2020 1:09:34 PM

I am three classes short from my degree. I became pregnant and was not aware but notified my school and they still kept me enrolled in my classes knowing that I was bed written. 10 credits and I could be out in the world helping people with their mental issues.

Gabrela G  on 1/9/2020 8:01:34 PM

I currently going to College right now and I need money to pay for it, so I won't have to burden my parents and take more loans out.

Jeminica Y  on 1/9/2020 3:05:14 PM

Hello, I'm a Senior at Page High School. I'll be graduating in May. I've been accepted to Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO. I'm also a Native American, I really do need help to pay for my tuition, housing, broad and other fees. I hope I get this scholarship. Thanks.

Shriya K  on 1/9/2020 12:28:35 PM

I applied for this scholarship in order to work towards my long term goal of achieving my dream job, and I am going to pursue neuroscience this fall as a freshman. Good luck to everyone that applied!

Gabrela G  on 1/8/2020 4:27:36 PM

I currently going to College right now and I need money to pay for it, so I won't have to burden my parents and take more loans out.

Lorraine J  on 1/8/2020 4:20:03 PM

Hello, I've applied for this scholarship and hope I will be award this awesome scholarship fund. I have twelve credits left for my social science degree and 28 for my B.S in Psychology. Praying I will be awarded.

JEFFREY W  on 1/8/2020 4:19:39 PM

Good luck to everyone that applied! I really hope I obtain this scholarship so it can help pay for my education.

Riley M  on 1/8/2020 12:43:28 PM

Just applied. Good luck to everyone else who applied!

Tiffany C  on 1/8/2020 12:38:09 PM

I'm looking to enroll into the Doctor of nursing Anesthesia, I need the money to help me with the tuition cost. Good Luck to everyone!!

YES  on 1/8/2020 6:36:40 AM

I thought could cover my needs like fees,accomodation and other things

Autumn D  on 1/7/2020 1:41:06 PM

Going back to school after 23 years! Excited and slightly scared but can't wait.

Amanda G  on 1/7/2020 11:28:00 AM

I applied to this scholarship as a senior in high school. I hope to obtain this scholarship because I will be attending a college that is not in my state, and out-of-state is expensive!

Julienne M  on 1/7/2020 11:23:03 AM


Sha'Daria H  on 1/7/2020 10:08:44 AM

I applied and I hope we all obtain this scholarship and be able to grow and get educated in the programs we are looking to pursue. Good Luck everybody!

Cayli L  on 1/6/2020 11:32:15 PM

Good luck to everyone who applied! I am very thankful to have come across this scholarship opportunity when I did!

Gabrela G  on 1/6/2020 11:17:34 PM

I currently going to College right now and I need money to pay for it, so I won't have to burden my parents and take more loans out.

Phillip S  on 1/6/2020 4:10:31 PM

Hello! I am looking to enroll into a reputable freight broker vocational program to jump start my career!

Maleik B  on 1/6/2020 3:33:09 PM

Lets Go!!!! I pray that we all get it or atleast a portion!!!! Everyone has a need and I believe there all equal!

Adam H  on 1/6/2020 2:27:36 PM

Bueno suerte mis amigos!

Ruthlie M  on 1/6/2020 12:22:27 PM

Idek if my essay was good enough. I'm only 16 and I hope to come out of college debt-free when I start this year.

Amanda G  on 1/6/2020 12:07:37 PM

I applied! Good luck to everyone who applied! Everyone will reach their goals, never give up!

Madison M  on 1/5/2020 7:48:50 PM

Need the money to pay for college.

Julian S  on 1/5/2020 3:49:39 PM

Just applied. Good luck to everyone! I know we all can use a little help :)

Andrea C  on 1/4/2020 9:45:31 PM

I am very much interested in this post or oppurtunity.

Tiana k  on 1/4/2020 4:20:47 PM

I applied and am hopeful that I am able to get a little bit of help to relieve some stress while in school.

Brandaise M  on 1/3/2020 3:36:03 PM

Turned in my essay blessings and prayers toward everyone.

Jasmine T  on 1/3/2020 11:52:53 AM

I just applied! Good luck to everyone! I am a senior in high school, and it is my dream to become a nurse! I hope that with this scholarship, I will be able to cover tuition, books, and other fees that my college entails.

Katelynn F  on 1/3/2020 9:15:39 AM

I have to pay my way through school. Don't need any hindrance, for no weapon forged against me shall prosper. My will is unbreakable.

John G  on 1/3/2020 8:27:49 AM

I just turned in my essay! Good luck to everybody who applied!!

vania D  on 1/2/2020 5:22:18 PM

I hope I win this. I'm tired of struggling to get a decent education while those who are blessed with full-rides through college are fooling around. I wish the same to every other hard-working student who is struggling as well.

Nolan S  on 1/1/2020 9:02:51 PM

I applied in hopes to win so as not to have too much debt upon graduating from college.

Arielle W  on 1/1/2020 7:24:48 PM

I just applied for this scholarship and I am so thankful for the opportunity to do so. I wish the best to everyone

Curtis H  on 1/1/2020 4:08:53 PM

I have applied! Good luck everyone! May you all get the financial assistance you need.

Cynthia K  on 12/28/2019 5:00:27 PM

Victoria - keep going! Don't be disheartened. I wish you the best of luck and abundance in realizing your goals. Remember why you are doing it. The journey IS the joy. :) I'm trying to remember that too, as energy supplies dwindle. Best of luck to all who have applied. Cynthia

Jesseah G  on 12/28/2019 1:57:31 AM

I just applied and poured my heart into my essay. Good luck everyone! :)

Victoria B  on 12/27/2019 6:17:24 AM

I have been in school since 2016 -- I've been working 2 jobs and going to school between 4-2 nights a week. I am about to finish my Medical Administration degree. Going back to school was hard for me. I don't get any help I will need to pay back before interest $55K-- I wish school would see people who have decent job, need help in school too. A lot of the kids that were in school with me, wouldn't even show up but they were the ones getting the free ride to college-- but us hard working adults, who are caring for a family working 40+ hours a week and going to school we don't get anything. This needs to change. We want to better our self's too.

Haylei S  on 12/25/2019 6:38:13 PM

How do you apply?

Kimberly Y  on 12/25/2019 1:55:15 PM

I hope my struggles will subside with the help of this scholarship.

Reese A  on 12/23/2019 11:05:30 AM

Yes, I applied for this scholarship! I would love the financial assistance to pursue my goals in the Culinary Industry! Good to luck to all those applied and Happy New Years!

Ajla J  on 12/21/2019 10:14:14 PM

I applied for this scholarship because of my vigorous nursing program that accompanies many expenses like tuition, books and nursing kit wise. Good luck to all!

Naomi T  on 12/20/2019 11:35:07 PM

I applied because I want to help other people without financial difficulty. Also, I need to pay for my tuition for the last semester for this school, but I don't have enough to attend next semester. I hope I can graduate next semester. God bless everyone!

Dhameera W  on 12/18/2019 4:46:34 AM

Yes I am applying for this scholarship! I am currently in nursing school and have exhausted my financial aid . I would love to be able to get this assistance so that I can keep going without taking time off for financial reasons.

Reed K  on 12/16/2019 4:20:06 PM

I just applied for this scholarship, good luck to all of you who have also applied!

Samuel O  on 12/15/2019 5:17:19 PM

I am transferring to a four-year institution Next Fall the fees are enormously high. I would love it if I get that assistance. I understand that there would be terms and conditions concerning this scholarship. I would try and give my all to maintain a good grade and a very high GPA.

ANGEL YADIEL M  on 12/15/2019 8:22:18 AM

I applied for this scholarship. Hope all of us have a good new early!!

Jennifer B  on 12/13/2019 8:01:31 AM

I applied for this scholarship. Greatest success to the recipient!

Doreal Q  on 12/11/2019 12:01:29 PM

I applied because I am paying for school out of pocket and I don't have enough to attend next semester. I really hope I get the help I need so I can continue the momentum and motivation I have now. Good luck to everyone!

Haley S  on 12/10/2019 4:45:17 PM

Applied for this scholarship! Hopefully I receive a confirmation email regarding my submission. If not, this comment goes as evidence that I have submitted an application for this scholarship. Thank you.

Gary P  on 12/10/2019 12:51:54 PM

I have received His Calling to share the scripture with the church and children of God. I will find a way, with Jesus’ guidance to pay for this call

Netchyva M  on 12/9/2019 12:30:23 PM

good luck everyone!

blanca c  on 12/9/2019 10:34:47 AM

i have applied for this scholarship. Wish everyone good luck!

Nya C  on 12/8/2019 10:54:14 PM

I have applied for this scholarship. I am not sure when the results will be but I have done my best. SO I will hope for the best.

Marcus M  on 12/7/2019 12:38:34 AM

This will be a commensurate challenge. I equitably qualify, only in that I am blessed by He on High. The LORD of Hosts, or Sabaoth, will grant me the title of scholar, and perhaps more than a dollar. It all belongs to Him, of Whom I may be the foremost Earth follower. For you, that challenge, do I hereby issue.