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The 2016-17 Scholarship Essay Contest Has Begun!

Will you, your family members, or your friends be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning during the 2016-2017 academic year?

Would scholarship money help you realize your educational goals?

In addition to the many scholarships that are available on the national level from the Mensa Foundation, Gulf Coast Mensa will be awarding $3,000.00 in scholarship prizes this year!  The 1st Place essay will receive $1,500.00, 2nd Place $1,000.00, and 3rd Place $500.00.

Applicants are required to write a 550 word essay (max word count), as well as fill out a general application. Eligibility requirements for a general Mensa Foundation scholarship or a GCM sponsored scholarship are the same and include legal U.S. residency and enrollment at an accredited U.S. institution of post-secondary education for the 2016-2017 academic year.  To qualify for the Gulf Coast Mensa local scholarships, you (or your parents, if you are a student) must have a ZIP code that is within our geographical area.  Applicants do not have to be a member of Mensa to apply – everyone is welcome.

(HINT: pay attention to the guidelines, ensure you have a goal clearly stated and supported, and please proofread and spellcheck your essay before submitting!  Yes, good grammar and spelling are required!) Scholarships are merit based; applications are judged solely by the essay submitted online.

All applications must be submitted online on or before 11:59 p.m., Central time, on January 15, 2016.

For a complete list of rules, eligibility requirements, national scholarships – and to submit your application! – go to the Mensa Foundation website.

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