American Mensa offers four $1,000 national scholarship awards for members and IRS dependents!
For the application, go to:
Applications are sent to the National Scholarship Co-Chairs for judging. The National Scholarship Co-Chairs recruit the judging committee (or committees if more than one round is required) to judge the essay.
American Mensa members (and IRS dependents) are eligible to apply to both the local public scholarship program* and the American Mensa member scholarship program. A separate application and essay for each program is required. In the event that a member or dependent wins in both program, only the scholarship of higher value will be awarded following the Foundation’s rule of one award per applicant. *The public scholarship program at St. Louis Area Mensa’s local level is the Healthy Minds Scholarship. Those applying for the national scholarship for members may also apply for the local scholarship if requirements are met, such as a major in the mental health field.
Recognizing that mental health is a vitally important community issue, St. Louis Area Mensa has established the St. Louis Area Mensa Healthy Minds Scholarship.
- Target population: High school seniors and undergraduate students from the area covered by St. Louis Area Mensa.
- Applicants must be students in good academic standing with cumulative grade point averages of greater than 3.0 who are currently enrolled in any accredited undergraduate two or four year institution with a declared major in any of the mental health related fields. High school seniors who have been admitted to any accredited two year or four year institution who plan on pursuing one of these majors are also eligible.
- Eligible majors include, but are not limited to psychology, counseling, social work and psychiatric nursing.
- Check for $1000 will be made payable directly to the winner and proceeds may be used for any school related purchase.
- Judging is based primarily on the short essay to be returned with the application.
- The next deadline is March 15, 2018.
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St. Louis Area Mensa is again taking part in the American Mensa national scholarship competition. These scholarships are provided by the Mensa Education and Research Foundation and are separate from the local area Healthy Minds Scholarship. The major does not need to be in the mental health field, as the Healthy Minds Scholarship requires, and the applicant does not need to be a member of Mensa.
Volunteers from St. Louis Area Mensa judge the applications and send a select few on to the national competition. For more information, go to
There’s a lot to be said about the college experience. It encompasses so much and, in truth, is difficult to define because every student is different.
While you are at college to learn, you want to ensure that you’re balancing your course load with other activities as well in order to round out the college experiences you have.
We’ve narrowed it down to cover experiences that students share in college in order to make a list that students could follow ensuring the true “college experience.”
This list covers the entire college experience, from classes and professors to clubs and game days, so you can ensure you make the most of your entire college experience.
1. Keep your dorm room open (only when you’re home, obviously) While you’re living in the dorms, it’s helpful to keep your dorm room door open while you’re home. That way, as people walk through the halls, they are able to stop by and say hello. Usually, people only knock if they have a purpose but will stop in to say hi if a door is open and they see you, so it’s an easy way to make friends and welcome people to make conversation when they normally wouldn’t.
2. Join intramural sports and/or clubs, Greek life, etc. Consider participating in different sports, clubs and, perhaps, Greek life on campus. It’s a great way to meet people and make new friends. Just trying different opportunities out is okay – it doesn’t mean you have to stick with each one. Try several on for size and stick with those you enjoy.
3. Plan out your schedule in advance & register for classes as soon as you’re able Work to plan out each semester’s schedule in advance, knowing which classes you’d like to take. It’s helpful to know which professors you’d like as well so that, when it comes time to register for courses, you’re able to do it as early as possible.
Registering for classes early is beneficial because you’ll be able to get the best options, which is why knowing which courses you want to take comes in handy.
4. Always go to your classes You’re in college for a reason – to take classes. Go to class – you’re spending money on them and not going is like throwing it out the window. Plus, teachers provide valuable information in class that will be on your exams. Just go to class.
5. Get to know your professors through their office hours Here’s another reason you should go to class. Your professors will definitely notice if they never see you and you want to build strong relationships with them. Then, go to their office hours as well. You can start by talking about the course material but the goal is to eventually get to know them on a personal level.
6. Make time for things other than studying Yes, you should study while in college. But, you want to make time for other things as well – like participating in college activities, a social life and, perhaps, a part-time job. College isn’t just about academics, you want to get the full experience, which includes these other aspects as well.
7. Explore different subjects (and yourself) to find your true passion College is all about exploration and discovery. Make time within your schedule to take classes you’re interested in and try to explore topics you want to know more about. You’ll never know where your passions lie if you don’t take the time to find out!
8. Stay on budget Your life (now and throughout the rest of it) will be much easier if you learn how to develop and stay on a budget. Sure, you’re going to get off track sometimes, but as long as you work to keep to your goal, you’ll eventually get the hang of it.
9. Eat right, get enough rest and exercise When you eat well and develop an exercise routine, you feel better. Handling your course load, your study routine and your active social life won’t be so difficult if your mind and body are happy and healthy. Take care of yourself (and your body) and you’ll be much better off handling everything life throws your way.
10. Meet with your academic advisor regularly It’s important to regularly meet with your academic advisor in order to ensure that you’re taking the right credits, the right amount of credits and that you’re on track to graduate within a reasonable amount of time.
You don’t want to think you’re on track for graduation, only to find out you’re a few credits short and have to stay an extra semester or, worse yet, an extra year or two. If you regularly meet with your advisor, you can easily prevent this from happening!
11. Go to at least one home game of every major sporting event at your school There’s nothing like the student cheering section at a college sporting event and this is the only time in your life that you get to have the experience! Even if you’re not super into sports, go anyway.
You never want to regret not doing so because you won’t be able to go back in time and change your mind. At the very least, just go to one game.
12. At least think about studying abroad Studying abroad is a unique experience that is unlike any other and most students who don’t take the opportunity regret it.
Look into the programs your school offers and, at the very least, consider the opportunities given. It’s a great way to see the world and get college credit at the same time.
13. Get involved Get involved on campus through volunteer work, social awareness groups or something else you’re passionate about. Being young is all about changing the world and making your voice matter – now is the time to be heard.
14. Utilize campus facilities while you can Most college campuses are full of amazing gyms, pools, museums, computer labs and all other kinds of neat buildings that students are able to access. Find out what your school has to offer and start exploring!
15. Know your college’s student benefits Colleges offer students various benefits, such as a certain number of free medical visits, psychological visits, vaccines, etc. Some also have programs for books and more.
Find out what your school offers to current students so you can take advantage of whatever benefits come with your tuition. You’re paying enough anyway so you might as well reap all the benefits!
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