Karl J. Roden was the first Treasurer of East Central Ohio Mensa and held in warm regard by many members. After his untimely death 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.
by Ellen Hildreth
from the Brægen 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.
Local and national Mensa offer college scholarship awards based on essay competition. Applicants need not be Mensa members, and the awards are based solely on meeting the application form requirements and the essay.
The Mensa Education & Research Foundation (MERF) is a non-profit organization committed to the pursuit of excellence in the areas of intelligence. Click HERE for more info about MERF scholarships.
ECOM sponsors its own college scholarship award each year, too. Residents and students in the ECOM 14-county area (see above) are eligible to apply. Further details about the Karl J. Roden Memorial Scholarship to come -- use the MERF Scholarships link above to apply online from September 15th through January 15th each year.
ECOM's annual Fall scholarship fund-raiser is great fun and reputed to be one of the best in the country. There's also a year-round on-line book sale to support the scholarship.