2005~2006 New Hampshire Mensa MERF Scholarship Essay Contest Results
by Claire Natola

The results are in for the NH Mensa Education and Research Foundation (MERF) Scholarship Essay Contest!

New Hampshire Mensa is pleased to announce the winners of local and regional scholarships from the 2005-2006 Mensa Foundation Scholarship Essay Contest. The contest is open to any student who is enrolled in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of post-secondary education and who currently resides in Maine or New Hampshire (our local groupís area). Each applicant must write an essay which describes his or her career, vocational, or academic goals. Blind judging is then done on three levels: local, regional, and national. 65 essays were submitted for consideration this year; our winners are truly the cream of the crop.

Gratitude goes out to the many volunteers who made this yearís scholarship contest possible and successful. Scholarship Chair Adam Freiband did a wonderful job of coordinating everything: rounding up judges, disseminating the essays to them, moving the essays up the chain for regional and national judging, and so much more. Essay Judges Ed Stevens, Frank Repensek and Elaine Cote gave much of their time to this important service and deserve many thanks. John Bauman picked up the ball to complete the awarding process when life (and Iraq) got in Adamís way. The whole procedure of notifying schools and colleges of the contest got off to an easy start due to the stellar record-keeping of Curry Bartlett, Keeper of the List. And Elizabeth Becker came up with great fundraising ideas that helped us raise nearly all the scholarship money we needed at this yearís Regional Gathering. Deepest thanks to you all!

This year, two of our entrants were awarded regional scholarships by the Mensa Foundation: The $500 Grosswirth-Salny Scholarship has been awarded to Jessica Destramp of Hudson, New Hampshire, a senior at Alvirne High School. The $300 Diana Mossip Memorial Scholarship has also been awarded to an Alvirne High School senior, Crystal Landry, also of Hudson, New Hampshire.

As for local scholarships that come directly from our chapter, the $500 Joe Zanca Scholarship is also being awarded to Crystal Landry, and the $200 second-place scholarship is being awarded to Benjamin Waters of Peterborough, New Hampshire. Benjamin is a freshman at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

Invitations to Mensa events are being extended to Jessica, Crystal, and Benjamin, so we hope that many of you will be able to meet them this summer. We offer our congratulations to them and wish them great success in their studies as they work hard to achieve their admirable educational goals.