Mensa Scholarship Program 2021 Winners

Despite a year of COVID-19, the Mensa Canada Scholarship Program managed to judge over 1500 essays submitted to the program between September 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Mensa Canada Scholarship competition!

Edger Kerstan Memorial Scholarship

Sébastien Maheux of London, Ontario is the winner of the $1500 Edger Kerstan Memorial Scholarship. He is studying for his Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University. He has been the recipient of 20 previous recognitions and awards including the prestigious NSERC CGS-D Scholarship. He is studying how to build more stable cable-supported bridges.

Frank and Betty Woodham's Memorial Scholarship

This year’s winner of the Frank and Betty Woodhams Memorial Scholarship of $5090 is Andrew Guo who, like Hisham Mohammed, is also studying at the University of Waterloo. He is studying computer science and AI as it applies to diagnostics in health care. He is in the second year of the Software Engineering program.

General Mensa Scholarship

Hisham Mohammad is in the Masters Program, Systems Design Engineering, at the University of Waterloo, Hamilton, Ontario. He is studying how to design biomedical devices to assist people who use wheelchairs (as he does himself). He is also working on software solutions to assist nonverbal children to communicate. Ultimately, he hopes to work with artificial intelligence to assist in creating these devices. He has been awarded a $1000 General Mensa Scholarship.

Mensa General Scholarship

Another winner of a Mensa General Scholarship of $1000 is Ann-Sophie Otis who is studying for a Ph.D. in psychology at University of Quebec, Trois Rivieres. Her thesis project deals with mentalization among those working with the intellectually handicapped and its role in their psychological function. She has received many awards during her academic career and done three research internships.

Let’s applaud and congratulate these outstanding scholars! The winning essays survived three rounds of judging by Mensans to be declared the winners. You can read their essays on the Mensa Canada Scholarship Program website (

While you’re on the website, how about showing your pride in Mensa and ensuring that the program continues for many more years by donating through the website! As you note from two of the winners (the Edgar Kerstan Memorial Scholarship and the Frank and Betty Woodhams Memorial Scholarship), you can also help to fund the program by leaving a bequest in your will. Thanks also to all those Mensans who already donated and who also donate their time to read and rank all those essays! 

Well done!