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THE 2017-2018 MENSA SCHOLARSHIP SUBMISSION PERIOD IS NOW OPEN! 

There are two requirements for applicants for the U.S. scholarships:

  • 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, and academic and/or vocational goals.

The scholarship application process closes January 15, 2018.  Between September and January each year, interested individuals can visit the scholarship application area of this site to determine eligibility and, if eligible, enter the program.

Applicants have until January 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. Once entered, the qualifying submissions will automatically be considered for local, regional and national scholarships. For more information regarding formatting etc. requirements, read the scholarship FAQ.

IN ADDITION, MENSA MEMBERS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS WILL ALSO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADDITIONAL $2,500 SCHOLARSHIPS. 

THREE ALASKANS WERE AWARDED LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE 2016-2017 SEASON.

2012-2013 Scholarship Winners

Mensa Alaska is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012-2013 scholarships: Gary Lose of Anchorage, Alaska and Nicole Hammer of Wrangell, Alaska.  Congratulations to both of you!

2012-2013 Scholarship Program

Thank you very much to Scholarship Chair, Steve Levi for all his work on the scholarships last year!  And another big thank you to our panel of judges: Marie Lundstrom, Monique Karaganis, Norma Gertson, and Tom Hough.  It was a hard job but an important one.  Winners will be announced at this year's Mensa Annual Gathering over the 4th of July weekend.  Many Alaska entries will also be forwarded to the National Mensa Scholarship Team, where they may be selected for a National Award.

Residents of a participating American Mensa local group (such as Alaska) who will be enrolled in an accredited U. S. institution of post-secondary education for Fall term of 2013 are eligible to apply for awards of $300 to $1000.  

2011-2012 Mensa Alaska Scholarship Winners

Alaska Mensa awarded two scholarships of $300 for the 2011-2012 season: Dylan Hardenbergh won the Mensa Alaska Scholarship and Victoria S. Yancey won the Mensa Alaska Nancy Welch Memorial Scholarship.  Both essays were then forwarded to the Regional and National Scholarship Committees.  Dylan won a Regional Scholarship and Victoria won a National Mensa Scholarship.  Congratulations to both of them!














Past LocSec Denise Yancey (left) hands Lisa Phillips (right), the mother of the 2009-2010 scholarship, the certificate of award.
Each year Alaska Mensa gives one or two scholarships to the winners of an essay competition. What makes our scholarship process different, however, is that  you do not have to be any particular age or place in life, nor do you need to be a member of Mensa to win.  The essay is short, and the subject is simple: state what your goals for your education are, and what you have been doing to get there.  The money from these scholarships can be used for costs, fees, books or whatever. 

In addition, we also forward some of the essays to American Mensa for their consideration for other scholarships.  Alaskans have won some of these national scholarships.  For rules and deadlines to participate please go to: http://www.mensafoundation.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Scholarships1


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