Your local and regional Mensa Foundation scholarship chairs are seeking judges!

Each year, Tampa Bay Mensa participates in the Mensa Foundation Scholarship Program. Volunteers are needed to read and judge short essays (550 words or less) for this year’s Program. Last year, there were 4 winners from the Tampa Bay area.

Local judging

American Mensa’s local chapters assemble judging teams of at least three members to review the applications. The essays are judged on content and also grammar, organization, and craftsmanship. The Local Scholarship Chair refers the best local essays to the Regional Scholarship Chair for review.

There are two rounds of judging: Round One is the Elimination Round, where the essays are given only a Yes or a No, based on whether the reader believes that the essay meets the criteria and has a reasonable chance of making it all the way to the final round of judging.

Round Two is the Scoring Round, where readers assign scores based upon form, content and impression.

Volunteers may choose to participate for one round or both. The majority of judges must be members of Mensa, but non-members of Mensa are also welcome.

Judging will begin January 16th and must be completed by February 28th.

If interested in participating in this season’s judging, please email [email protected].

Thank so much for your help!

Linda Christina

Event Information

Tampa Bay Mensa currently maintains event information in a few places:

Tampa Bay Mensa Online Community

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Mensa Connect

This is Mensa’s members-only social platform. Stop in to explore discussions on topics both local and national. If you’re a member of TBM, you’ve automatically been added to our communities (Tampa Bay Mensa and Tampa Bay Mensa RG), and there are lots of other communities to join! Just sign in with the same username and password you use to access the national site. – Open to current members only.

Facebook – Tampa Bay Mensa

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Facebook – Regional Gathering for Tampa Bay Mensa

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Local Groups

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With our local monthly newsletter, Tampa Bay Sounding, the national magazine of American Mensa, Mensa Bulletin, email groups, Facebook groups, national and regional gatherings, weekly local events, and over 150 Special Interest Groups, Mensa provides a wide variety of opportunities to communicate with thousands of other intelligent people. Whatever your interests, pedantic to pedestrian, there’s someone here who shares them!

Here is a small sample of the official SIGs of American Mensa: Astronomy/AstrophySIG, Bardolatry (Shakespeare), Burning Man, Chocolate M, Computer Science, Genealogy (GeneSIG), Global Risk Reduction, IQ (Intelligent Quilters), Karaoke-Ms, M-Investment Club, Metacognition, and M-any more! Here is the complete list of official SIGs.