One of the Mensa Foundation's purposes is to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity. To further this goal, several awards programs have been established to recognize the research and support of intelligence both nationally and internationally.
- Copper Black
Copper Black was a Mensan who valued creativity. In her will she left a legacy funding a special annual award to recognize an outstanding creative achievement by a member of American Mensa, Ltd.
- Distinguished Teacher
The Mensa Distinguished Teacher Award recognizes a teacher, professor or instructor at any educational level who has had an especially positive influence on the education or life of a Mensa member.
- Excellence in Research
These annual awards are given internationally for outstanding research on intelligence, intellectual giftedness and related fields.
- Intellectual Benefits to Society
The Intellectual Benefits to Society Award recognizes individuals who have contributed, through their intellectual abilities, tangible benefit to society.
- Lifetime Achievement
This award is presented every other year in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the field of intelligence and related subjects.
The Mensa Foundation's scholarship program bases its awards totally on essays written by the applicants. Consideration is not given to grades, academic program or financial need.