Mensa Essay Contest

Volunteers needed for 2017 ND Mensa Scholarship Essay Contest

Volunteers are needed to help read and grade ND Mensa Scholarship contest submissions. For more information, see the full Call for Volunteers document.

ND Mensa 2017 RG Summary and Pictures

The RG for 2017 was held August 11 - 13 in Jamestown, ND. Read about the activities and view pictures on the Regional Gatherings page

Congratulations to the North Dakota Mensa 2016 Scholarship Winners!

North Dakota Mensa named its 2016 scholarship winners. Alexandra Heisler of Cando, ND, won the $500 North Dakota Mensa Scholarship, and Bo Lauckner of Leeds, ND, won the $600 Karen Cooper Memorial Scholarship.

Alexandra is attending Minnesota State University in Moorhead, MN, majoring in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences. Her essay emphasized her academic achievements, undergraduate research, and volunteerism. She plans to become a speech-language pathologist.

Bo is attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. Already certified as an EMT, paramedic, and in six other Life Support specialties, Bo is majoring in Biology with plans to become an emergency medicine physician. His essay explained how he became interested in helping others.

The Mensa Foundation conducts annual essay contests awarding college scholarships. The Foundation college scholarship program bases its awards entirely on the applicants' essays. No consideration is given for grades, academic program, financial need, or Mensa membership. The Foundation program relies on approximately 400 volunteers around the country to read and judge the essays. Winners may apply the award towards undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional programs.

Alexandra's $500 scholarship was funded through the Foundation by North Dakota Mensa members. Bo's $600 Karen Cooper Memorial Scholarship is a regional scholarship funded entirely through the Mensa Foundation.

Donations to the North Dakota Mensa Scholarship fund can be made at Be sure to name "North Dakota Scholarship" in the subject line.

Mensa Canada Celebrates 50 Years

Our friends in Canada have shared that the year 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 50th anniversary of Mensa Canada. As such, Mensa Canada will be holding their Annual Gathering in Canada's Capital, Ottawa.

The Ottawa Mensan community is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to host you in their beautiful city on June 2-4, 2017. The Mensa Canada AG site is now live: For information about the many activities in Ottawa for Canada's 150th anniversary, consult

ND Mensa awarded Jewel at 2016 AG

For the second year in a row, ND Mensa was awarded an AML Sapphire Jewel for Class V 2015-16 at the AG. Congratulations to all the 2016 Jewel Winners.

Jewel Awards are awarded for Local Group points earned for participation in Mensa during the year, based on several indicators. Local Groups are split into five classes based on membership numbers. The LG with the highest overall point total in each class is awarded the Diamond Award.

The U.S. scholarship program covers all of the country and awards more than $140,000 every year. The Foundation's U.S. scholarship program relies on approximately 450 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 Mensa Member Award Program.

The Foundation's International Scholarship Program is 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.

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 is open Sept. 15 - Jan. 15.
Scholarship winners will be notified by mail and listed online.

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