Money for College

Mensa members highly value learning and education. Every year, students receive around $175,000 in scholarships to help pursue their dreams through a college education.

These scholarships are open to the public.

Students write essays telling their stories and how that will help them achieve their academic and professional dreams. Essays are up to 550 words, submitted between September 15 and January 15. Are you a student, or do you know someone going to college? Visit the Mensa Foundation website for more information.

Minnesota Mensa proudly sponsors our own scholarship through the Mensa Foundation’s scholarship program. We raise money through various activities, such as the charity silent auction at the Regional Gathering. Can you help with a tax-deductible donation of money, services, or merchandise? If so, email

Mensa members around the country determine who will receive awards based on all those essays. A team of members in Minnesota reviews the entries for our scholarship and helps with the numerous regional and national awards.

Mensa also provides several higher-value scholarships just for Mensa members.

Founded in 1971, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation is a philanthropic, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the pursuit of excellence in human intelligence.


  • Scholarship program
  • Awards, fellowships, and grants
  • Mensa Research Journal
  • Education and outreach, including Mensa for Kids
  • International programs

Learn More About the Mensa Foundation

Minnesota Mensa Scholarship Winners

2022: Rachel from St. Paul

2021: Nathaniel from Emily

2020: Lauren from Mendota Heights

2019: Jaclyn from Rochester

2018: Cassidy from Victoria

2017: Samuel from Woodbury

2016: Carolyn from Eden Prairie

2015: Connor from Lino Lakes

2014: Catherine from Eden Prairie

2013: Connor from Lino Lakes

2012: Sally from Sartell

2011: Joy from Stacy

2010: Kelsie from Andover

2009:  Katherine from Fairmont

2008: Grant from Detroit Lakes

2007: Kelsey from Hayfield

2006: Timothy from Stillwater

2005: Andrew from Minneapolis

Congratulations to Rachel, our 2022 scholarship winner.

Regional and National Winners from Minnesota in 2022

4 Paws And A Tail Scholarship: Seth from Trimont

Ruth Ann Parvin Memorial Scholarship: Benjamin from Waconia

Grosswirth-Salny Scholarship: Arianna from North Oaks

Karen Cooper Memorial Scholarship: Natalie from Brainerd