There are three requirements for applicants:

  • The applicant must currently be a resident of a participating American Mensa Local Group’s area. Note that each year, the list of participating groups may change.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning during the academic year following the application date.
  • The applicant must submit an application and essay explaining his or her career, academic and/or vocational goals.

The scholarship application process opens Sept. 15 and closes Jan. 15. No application forms are available at any other time. Between September and January, interested individuals can visit the scholarship application area of this site to determine eligibility and, if eligible, download an application. Application forms are also available from the Local Scholarship Chairs by mail with a self-addressed stamped envelope. Address information for each Local Scholarship Chair is available within each local chair’s area.

Applicants have until Jan. 15 to write an essay of not more than 550 words explaining their career, academic and/or vocational goals and how they plan to achieve those goals. The essays are sent through U.S. mail to their Local Scholarship Chair.