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  • Apr 19, 2011
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS (4/19/11) – How can intelligence be used to better our world? Well, it was one day in 1971 that members of American Mensa came up with the solution by creating the Mensa Education & Research Foundation. Today, with the help of hundreds of Mensa volunteers, the nonprofit organization has helped thousands of people across the globe with its national and international awards and programs created for members and non-members. 

For 40 years, the Mensa Foundation has supported the advancement of education with its scholarship and Gifted Youth programs. The Foundation has awarded thousands of scholarships to college-bound students across the United States and is currently sponsoring the award-winning Mensa for Kids Web site,, which provides learning resources for parents and teachers of gifted youth.
The Foundation also provides learning tools for adults with its Conversations with Mensa® podcasts and Colloquium events. Listeners of Conversations with Mensa can learn more about topics ranging from attention-deficit disorder to cosmology, but if one prefers the interaction of intellectual discussions, he/she can attend a Colloquium where attendees debate, evaluate, and offer judgment on major societal issues. Colloquiums are held periodically in different cities across the country. Other programs of the Foundation include the publication of the Mensa Research Journal and numerous awards such as the Copper Black, Distinguished Teacher, Intellectual Benefits to Society, and Lifetime Achievement award.

“The Mensa Education & Research Foundation has always worked to find innovative and creative ways to cultivate intelligence for society’s use,” said Greg Timmers, President of the Mensa Education and Research Foundation. “This year, on the Foundations 40th birthday, we are celebrating people’s lives we’ve touched through the Foundation’s many programs, and I hope we will continue on this path for many years to come.” 

Mensa Education & Research Foundation
Since 1971, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation has been a strong voice in supporting intelligence. The Foundation fosters the best and brightest through scholarships and awards and encourages research and intellectual inquiry through the Mensa Research Journal and various Colloquiums. Governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, the Mensa Foundation is a 501c(3) organization and is funded by support from American Mensa, Mensa members, and other charitable donations. To learn more about the Foundation, log on to For more information about American Mensa, log on to For more information on the Foundation’s scholarship program and Colloquium, log on to and Conversations with Mensa podcasts are available on iTunes and

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American Mensa is an organization open to anyone who scores in the top two percent on an accepted, standardized, intelligence test. The organization has more than 57,000 members in the United States and more than 110,000 members around the world. Members of Mensa attend local and national events, join special interest groups such as astronomy and philosophy, and help out in their communities through various projects. For more information about Mensa, or to apply for membership, visit or call (800) 66-MENSA.