Essays will be truncated to the limit specified.

An applicant does not need to be a member of Mensa, but must be a U.S.

Please make note of this when crafting your essay.


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Looking for more? Here's a list of additional scholarships with June deadlines. Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply through the links provided below.

Some scholarships may have specific restrictions, e.g., major or area of study.

Simply click on the winner’s name to view the essays.


Deadline is in mid February
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a national nonprofit organization, has established a college scholarship to encourage teens to express their thoughts about Alzheimer’s disease and to engage the younger generation in this cause.

Eligible students are those who will be pursuing a degree program in an accredited U.S.

Ten (10) scholarship winners will be selected for a one-time $2,500 award based on overall scholastic performance, leadership, community involvement and verifiable participation in the competitive programs (e.g. horse, livestock, creative arts or other competitions) at the Oklahoma State Fair, if applicable. While State Fair participation is not mandatory, it will be weighted along with the other criteria during the selection process.

college or university during the academic year following their application.


‡ - Chicago Area Mensa is in Region 04.



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

The application deadline is January 15th.

The Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need.

Winners are generally announced in June.

The Foundation's college scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need.The scholarship application process
opens Sept. 15 and closes Jan. 15.

Determine eligibility and begin the U.S. process .The covers all of the country, receives more than 10,000 applications, and awards more than $87,000 a year. The Foundation's U.S. scholarship program relies on approximately 400 volunteers around the country with support from the Foundation's office staff.U.S. applicants need not be Mensa members. However, Mensa members may apply for both these scholarship programs and the additional .The Foundation's are open to international Mensans (other than American Mensa). One scholarship, which also includes dependents of international Mensa members, is for those attending college in the United States. The other scholarships are for international Mensans attending college other than in the U.S.

There are only two requirements for applicants:

The scholarship application process
opens Sept. 15 and closes Jan. 15.

Determine eligibility and begin the U.S. process .

There are only two requirements for applicants:


Deadline is in late December
An $850 educational scholarship will be awarded annually to the authors of the top Apprentice Ecologist essay in the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™. This tax-free and merit-based scholarship is available to any full or part-time student (aged 13 to 21) who is a candidate for a degree/diploma at a primary, secondary, or accredited post-secondary educational institution from any country around the world.