Jamestown Essay Contest

Volunteers needed for 2017 ND Mensa Scholarship Essay Contest

Volunteers are needed to help read and grade ND Mensa Scholarship contest submissions. For more information, see the full Call for Volunteers document.

ND Mensa 2017 RG Summary and Pictures

The RG for 2017 was held August 11 - 13 in Jamestown, ND. Read about the activities and view pictures on the Regional Gatherings page

Congratulations to the North Dakota Mensa 2016 Scholarship Winners!

North Dakota Mensa named its 2016 scholarship winners. Alexandra Heisler of Cando, ND, won the $500 North Dakota Mensa Scholarship, and Bo Lauckner of Leeds, ND, won the $600 Karen Cooper Memorial Scholarship.

Alexandra is attending Minnesota State University in Moorhead, MN, majoring in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences. Her essay emphasized her academic achievements, undergraduate research, and volunteerism. She plans to become a speech-language pathologist.

Bo is attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. Already certified as an EMT, paramedic, and in six other Life Support specialties, Bo is majoring in Biology with plans to become an emergency medicine physician. His essay explained how he became interested in helping others.

The Mensa Foundation conducts annual essay contests awarding college scholarships. The Foundation college scholarship program bases its awards entirely on the applicants' essays. No consideration is given for grades, academic program, financial need, or Mensa membership. The Foundation program relies on approximately 400 volunteers around the country to read and judge the essays. Winners may apply the award towards undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional programs.

Alexandra's $500 scholarship was funded through the Foundation by North Dakota Mensa members. Bo's $600 Karen Cooper Memorial Scholarship is a regional scholarship funded entirely through the Mensa Foundation.

Donations to the North Dakota Mensa Scholarship fund can be made at www.mensafoundation.org/support-my-foundation. Be sure to name "North Dakota Scholarship" in the subject line.

Mensa Canada Celebrates 50 Years

Our friends in Canada have shared that the year 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 50th anniversary of Mensa Canada. As such, Mensa Canada will be holding their Annual Gathering in Canada's Capital, Ottawa.

The Ottawa Mensan community is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to host you in their beautiful city on June 2-4, 2017. The Mensa Canada AG site is now live: ag2017.mensacanada.org. For information about the many activities in Ottawa for Canada's 150th anniversary, consult http://www.ottawa2017.ca/

ND Mensa awarded Jewel at 2016 AG

For the second year in a row, ND Mensa was awarded an AML Sapphire Jewel for Class V 2015-16 at the AG. Congratulations to all the 2016 Jewel Winners.

Jewel Awards are awarded for Local Group points earned for participation in Mensa during the year, based on several indicators. Local Groups are split into five classes based on membership numbers. The LG with the highest overall point total in each class is awarded the Diamond Award.

Essay Task

Grades 6-8 How have child labor laws affected society?

Grades 9-12 How have child labor laws affected society? Please know that descriptive, illustrative, and point of view styles are all acceptable.

Your submission needs to be between 300 and 500 words. It must address the task. Judging will be based on grammar, organization, spelling, and how you address the task.

You must have a gmail account to enroll in the contest. Deadline for submission is April 6, 2018. Click the link below for more information.

Essay Contest Information & Enrollment Link


From two-time Newbery award-winning author Katherine Paterson.

When Lyddie and her younger brother are hired out as servants to help pay off their family farm’s debts, Lyddie is determined to find a way to reunite her family once again. Hearing about all the money a girl can make working in the textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, she makes her way there, only to find that her dreams of returning home may never come true.

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