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2011-12-08 / Local News

Scholarships available from Mensa foundation

Western New York Mensa invites applications for the annual Mensa Education and Research Foundation Scholarships.

The only eligibility requirements are that the applicant be enrolled, for the academic year following the award, in a degree program in an accredited American institution of post-secondary education and be a resident of the area of a participating local group of American Mensa.

For the general awards, the applicant need not be a member of Mensa nor qualified for Mensa, and the general awards are unrestricted as to age, race, gender, level of post-secondary education and financial need.

Awards will be made on the basis of an essay of fewer than 550 words that describes the applicant's career, vocational or academic goal toward which the scholarship is to provide aid.

Entries will be judged and awarded at three levels: local, regional and national. Awards are made in amounts ranging from $300 to $1,000.

To download and print an official entry form via the Internet, visit the Mensa Foundation at www.mensafoundation.org.

Questions about the Western New York contest should be directed to scholarship@wny.us.mensa.org.

All entries must be postmarked by Jan. 15.

Mensa is an international society of people whose only qualification to join is scoring at or above the 98th percentile on an IQ test. Western New York Mensa covers all of Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties; and parts of Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Allegany counties. As of February 2010, it had 267 members.

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