Mensa to provide scholarships for the intellectually gifted

October 30, 2012

A report from News Bulletin noted that the Mensa Education and Research Foundation Scholarship program awards thousands of dollars in money for college annually to applicants who qualify. Aspiring geniuses can apply for a scholarship in 2013 through the organization up until January 15.

All that's required to potentially receive this financial aid for college is a 550 word essay and the time it takes to fill out one of the foundation's scholarship applications online. In addition, applicants must live in the U.S. and be enrolled at an institution for higher education. Age, gender, grade point average and finances are not said to have a meaningful impact on which students are selected for the scholarship. The article said that, in the past, three students received the scholarship in one year and there are also regional versions of the Mensa scholarship. 

According to Mensa's website, the organization was created in the mid 1940s by Roland Berrill and Dr. Lance Ware. In order to join, individuals must have IQs in the top 2 percent of the rest of the population. The original main goal was for especially intellectually gifted people to be able to have an easy way to meet each other and socialize.

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