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2019-2020 Scholarship Program Winners

Local-Area Winners

Starting in January this year, Central New Jersey Mensa volunteers read, screened, scored, and rescored approximately 200 student essay submissions to the Mensa Foundation Scholarship Program. Students attempted to earn a portion of the Foundation’s $140,000 in grants donated to scholars around the globe. We are very pleased that our local area’s students received three local awards totaling $2,600.

The Mensa Education & Research Foundation, established in 1971, is a philanthropic organization “committed to the pursuit of excellence in human intelligence.” Their focus and mission consist of scholarships and education, and their awards, both national and international, are “in recognition of research, education and practical achievement regarding giftedness, intelligence and creativity.” They also publish the Mensa Research Journal, sponsor educational activities, and operate the Mensa for Kids website.

Each year between September and January students submit essays detailing their goals, accomplishments, and experiences. In scoring the essays, judges look for focus, achievement, and persuasiveness as well as at the technical aspects of writing.

Most applicants are high school seniors, rising college freshmen, but many are graduate students or returning adult learners. Their goals run the gamut from life-long to short-term, from general to specific, and from academic to vocational. Each of the winners demonstrates passion and commitment in his or her chosen field.

Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists! Thank you to all entrants. We wish you the best in your future endeavors.

  • Swara Ramaswamy - Central New Jersey Mensa Scholarship
  • Elizabeth DeFazio - Donald Katz-Central New Jersey Mensa Scholarship
  • Jolene R Lozano - Karen Cooper Memorial Scholarship

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What is Mensa?

Mensa is an international society in which the sole requirement for membership is a score at or above the 98th percentile on any of a number of standard IQ tests. Mensa is nonprofit and functions only to bring intelligent people together. Check to see if you already qualify for Mensa - go to the list of qualifying scores on the American Mensa page. If you do qualify, you can use the Online Application Form to apply. Further information can be found at American Mensa, Ltd.

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