Recognizing hard work, knowledge and creativity
On Oct. 5, 1970, Marvin Grosswirth, chairman of the Public Relations Committee, proposed that a "Mensan of the Year" award be presented annually to the Mensan who had contributed most significantly to the betterment of Mensa. The motion passed, and Arthur Merrill was appointed as this newly-formed Award Committee's first chairman.
Since that time, American Mensa and the Mensa Education & Research Foundation have developed a number of award programs to recognize members, Local Groups and scholarship recipients. We have Life Membership awards, Group of the Year, the Copper Black Award for Creativity and many others.
Today, American Mensa has a number of awards that recognize hard work, knowledge and creativity. From community service to esoteric cultural knowledge, from writing groundbreaking essays to creating contemporary websites — awards are presented annually recognizing those individuals and groups who shine brighter in their efforts.
- National awards
American Mensa presents a wide variety of awards recognizing individual members for their contributions to the organization on a national level. These awards are presented every year at the Annual Gathering. Nominations for national awards are accepted each January through April.
- Group awards
American Mensa offers a number of awards each year to Local Groups, officers and volunteers in recognition of their achievements on behalf of their groups.
- Foundation awards
The Mensa Foundation conducts several awards programs designed to recognize the research and support of intelligence.