Each year 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, 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.

2021-2022 Local Scholarship Winners

  • David Harron Herman Memorial Scholarship: Riya Karande
  • Donald Katz CNJM Scholarship: Olivia Lechner
  • Karen Cooper Memorial Scholarship: Hannah Steinlauf
  • Kuhnel Scholarship: Anika Kapoor

Young Mensans

Young Mensans are one of the fastest-growing segments of Mensa’s membership. There are thousands of YM’s across the nation, and Mensa offers programs and services specifically designed to meet their unique needs.

The Mensa Foundation

The Mensa Foundation empowers intelligence globally for the betterment of humanity, envisioning a society where intellectually gifted people are celebrated, nurtured, and supported.