Denes I. Bardos Award

Denes I. Bardos Award

The Denes I. Bardos Award is given to students in recognition for achievement in their community and science or engineering. Finalists embody the life and values of Denes Bardos by demonstrating their commitment to innovation, academic rigor, and community or family service. As with all Bardos Foundation grants, immigration history and financial need play a central role in awards.


  • Immigrants currently residing in the United States.
  • Students in their final year of high school or students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program within the past 6 months.
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About Denes Bardos

Denes Bardos is man of brilliance and curiousity. Generous, funny, dutiful, empirical, and rebellious, he has lived through the worst of situations, survived, and come out beaming. A lifelong learner, Denes earned his PhD in metallurgy and had a successful career in orthopedic implant research. As a Knight of the Order of Malta and a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher, he often cooks for the homeless and would give you the shirt off his back without a second thought. A gifted storyteller, Denes continues to share his harrowing and heartfelt experiences with his 31 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Selection Process

  • Feb 1: Applications open
  • May 1: Applications close
  • May 15: Finalists notified
  • June 1: Finalist response deadline
  • June 15: Winners announced

Selection Criteria

The Foundation does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its grant decisions or operations. The Foundation considers a multitude of factors when making awards including GPA, ACT/SAT test scores, family financial situation, community/extracurricular involement, candidate's personal statement, and academic course load.

Student Award Details

  • $1000 one-time payment
  • 4 total winners per application cycle
  • Awards are issued in recognition of past achievements and not restricted to finance any particular activities (award winners may use the funds in any manner which they see fit).
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