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What is Mensa?
Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other's company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities.
"Mensa" means "Table" in Latin, with the idea that once someone joins the group, everyone is of equal status no matter who they are, or what they do for a living.
Even the traditional "President" position within most clubs has been modified to "LocSec" (or Local Secretary) to cut down on the status implications. All local officers and position holders are unpaid volunteers
For more information: American Mensa.
Have you already taken an intelligence test?
We're reviewing qualifying scores from accepted intelligence tests for free through the end of March! No code necessary. Potential applicants can visit us.mensa.org/testscores to find out more, including which types of tests are accepted.Additionally, the Mensa Practice Test is discounted to $1 through the end of January.
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Mensa Alaska Scholarship Entries Closed
The deadline to submit essays for consideration for a scholarship for 2016 has passed. No more essays will be accepted and the scholarship team is busy evaluating the essays received. Thank you to all who entered!
Mensa Education and Research Foundation
The Mensa Foundation helps fund recognition programs, activities, and scholarships for members, non-members and gifted youth. Make a smart investment in intelligence. Give to the Mensa Foundation. (Limit one calendar per household.)