from Mensa Foundation
“Unleashing intelligence for the benefit of humanity”

$10,000 for college-bound, college, or graduate students:

  • who identify as both BIPOC & LGBTQ; and
  • who have a demonstrated record of positive service to the BIPOC & LGBTQ communities

Mensa membership not required to apply.

For the first time, the Mensa Foundation seeks to award our Progress Pride Scholarship: up to two $10,000 scholarships—our largest scholarship awards ever—to the best and brightest university students at the intersection of BIPOC and LGBTQ.

Applicants need not be Mensa members. Successful applicants will be college-bound, college, or graduate students at U.S. universities who identify as both BIPOC and LGBTQ—and who have a demonstrated record of positive service to the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities.

Scholarships will be awarded based on 550-word essays expressing applicants’ academic and professional goals and how their personal experiences will help them to accomplish those goals. Additionally, recipients of the Progress Pride Scholarship shall provide a CV/résumé showing positive service to the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities.

Would you or someone you know be a fantastic fit for this first-of-its-kind opportunity? Then we invite you to apply, and/or to encourage a suitable applicant to apply, for the inaugural Progress Pride Scholarship from the Mensa Foundation.

Thank you for your interest in the Mensa Foundation Scholarship Program!

The application window closes January 15, 2022. To apply, please visit
(select “Progress Pride Scholarship” in application)

About the Founder of the Progress Pride Scholarship: In 2020, Nguyen Pham (he/him/his) became the first openly LGBTQ Trustee of the Mensa Foundation following many years of charitable fundraising as Mr. Mensa 2011. Beyond Mensa, Nguyen serves as Board Vice President of San Francisco Pride, the largest gathering of the LGBTQ community and allies in the U.S. Interested in supporting the Mensa Foundation? Contact Nguyen at

About the Mensa Foundation: Founded in 1971, the Mensa Education & Research Foundation is a philanthropic, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to the pursuit of excellence in human intelligence. The mission and strategic focus are directed at scholarships, education, and awards.