Entries for the 2021 Mensa Education and Research
Foundation Scholarship Essay Contest will open on September 15, 2020.
Piedmont Area Mensa participates annually in the Scholarship Essay Contest
established by Mensa Foundation. Over the years PAM has awarded thousands of dollars in unrestricted
scholarships to students who reside in the Upstate. Local funding for PAM scholarships comes from
the efforts of members who donate their time to fundraising activities as well as from private
donations and grants.
These awards, ranging from $300 to $1000, are offered
each year and do NOT require Mensa membership. Last year, three applicants won $500 each from the local group,
and two other local applicants won scholarships from the national organization. None of these winners had any
personal Mensa connection.
In addition, the Mensa Member Award Program provides
five $1000 scholarships each year to Mensa members or their IRS dependents.
The scholarship application process is open each year
between September 15 through January 15. (Application forms are unavailable
at any other time.) Between September and January, interested individuals
can visit the scholarship application area of the
Mensa Foundation's college scholarship program web site to determine
eligibility and, if eligible, enter the program.
The contest is based on an individual essay that is submitted
electronically via the American Mensa web site. Applicants have
until January 15 to write an essay of not more than 550 words explaining
their career, academic or vocational goals and how they plan to achieve
Competition is open to any student who will be
matriculated in an accredited U. S. post-secondary educational institution in the fall
of the academic year following the competition and who currently resides in
the membership area of a participating local group of American Mensa. Awards can be
made at local, regional
and national levels, or up to all three!
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.
Entry information for the programs,
including the contest rules,
will be available on line from September 15, 2020, until January 15, 2021. For additional information, please
Mensa Foundation's college scholarship program web site. For local information,
contact Piedmont Area Mensa Scholarship Chairs Iuliana Watson at