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ECOM's Karl J. Roden Scholarship award PDF Print E-mail
Karl J. Roden Scholarship
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The scholarship

Application forms:

  • are available at many high school guidance offices in the ECOM region
  • or you may email to the address below for information about the application

Applications are accepted each year September 15 through January 14

  • submit an essay
  • essays are judged after January 15
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2012 14:53
MERF scholarships PDF Print E-mail
Mensa Educational & Research Foundation
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 15:13

The Mensa Education & Research Foundation (MERF) is a non-profit organization committed to the pursuit of excellence in the areas of intelligence. Awards are based upon essays written by the applicants, without regard to grades, academic program or financial need.

The U.S. Scholarship program is open to any college-bound student living in the locality of a participating Mensa group. The programs covers about 3/4 the geographic United States, has had 4,000 to 6,000 applicants and has awarded about $70,000 for 2009-2010.  Applications are available starting September of each year, and the deadline for

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Scholarship Chair and Committee Members PDF Print E-mail
Mensa Educational & Research Foundation
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Katie Jernigan


Catherine and Brian Rock, Nita Nickol 2010-2016

Joan Lukich 2009

Terry Neaville 2008

Wil E. Huff 2006-2008

Elizabeth Wilson ?? to 2006

Jake Scholl c. 1991 to 2006

John Schmid ?? to c. 1991

Last Updated on Monday, 17 April 2017 22:09
Memories of Karl Roden PDF Print E-mail
Karl J. Roden Scholarship
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Memories of Karl Roden

by Ellen Hildreth
from the Braegen August 1986

That crooked smile; the ever-present cigarette; and only Ballantine's scotch (he simply refused to drink any other brand); extraordinary pride in his three children (when the twin girls were born, he said, he was so nervous he popped a stick of Juicy Fruit gum in his mouth and lit it up!); a love of classical music and the ballet; great frustration that he wasn't a better teacher for his guitar students; stubborn; resistant to change; always ready for a good argument; a friend.


From the Canton Repository

Born in Louisville, he had been a Canton resident most of his life. He was a  retired auditor at Olson Electronics. At the time of his death, he had a private accounting practice and taught guitar lessons at Pellegrino Music Center. He was a member of the Canton Federation of Musicians, Mensa, and had served as treasurer and was a member of the board of the East Central Ohio Chapter of Mensa.


From the Akron Beacon Journal

"Mr Roden joined Mensa ... when the Cleveland area group was formed in 1964.  ... Roden told a Beacon Journal reporter two years ago that he was not convinced that IQ and intelligence were synonymous. 'Many persons say Einstein would not have done well on an IQ test, and I'm not sure what Edison would have done,' he said.  

"When the Cleveland group had grown to about 750 members, about 250 decided in  May 1980 to break off and form a group in Canton."

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 September 2012 22:24
A little history... PDF Print E-mail
Karl J. Roden Scholarship
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Karl J. Roden was the first Treasurer of East Central Ohio Mensa and held in warm regard by many members. After his untimely death March 23, 1983, members wanted to honor his memory, and determined to put the existing annual scholarship award program in his name. That program, originated in 1981, is a cash award to a recipient selected from applicants who have submitted an essay for judging.

If not the first in Mensa, this was one of the first essay-based scholarship programs offered by a local group. It has also been among the largest scholarship awards made by Mensa local groups. The concept was picked up right away (or thought of concurrently) by Mensa Education & Research Foundation (MERF), which currently sponsors and administers a separate substantial program of scholarship awards across the United States and internationally.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 September 2011 13:49

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