In spring of 2020, North Dakota Mensa will award a $500 scholarship and the Mensa Foundation will award a $600 scholarship, both to North Dakota residents. These two scholarships are guaranteed to go to North Dakota students. However, Mensa offers a wide variety of specialized scholarships. Last year a North Dakota student was awarded the regional scholarship covering an eight-state Midwest Region, so three North Dakota students won Mensa scholarships. The 2020 Mensa scholarship contest is open to all North Dakota residents who are enrolled in a U.S. college or university in the academic year following the award (Fall 2020). Applicants must write 550-word essays that describe their educational and/or career goals.

Winners are selected based on these essays and Mensa Foundation judging criterion. 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. Mensa membership is not required, nor is it relevant.

The scholarship application process is open now and closes Jan. 15, 2020.

The foundation’s U.S. scholarship program covers all of the country and awards more than $140,000 a year. The program relies on approximately 450 volunteers around the country, with support from the foundation’s office staff.

Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting program in 2020 at an accredited college or university within the US.

Winners may apply the award towards undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional programs.

A panel of North Dakota Mensans will select the semi-finalists and send those essays to the Mensa Foundation for selection of the winners. Grammar counts, as does essay organization, clarity of writing, and following the instructions.

One entry makes an applicant eligible for all the applicable scholarships.

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