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Sāngāng Wŭcháng ​三纲五常
"3 Bonds, 5 Virtues in the Arts and Sciences"
Scholarship Program for Youth

This is a privately-funded Scholarship Program for International and Multicultural Youth in the Arts and Sciences.

Intelligence Renaissance Industries (IRI), in collaboration with TETRAD Institute of Complex System Dynamics and M Dudziak & Company, are the co-originators and co-developers of this unique and first-of-kind Program which makes annual awards to four young students in different countries around the world.

IRI and TETRAD Institute are the joint administrative and fiduciary coordinators of this Program.

Each year, commencing in 2022, Mirnova Foundation will make financial-honorarium awards to four or more individuals in different geocultural regions of the world, for specific use in studies and projects within science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or the arts. Details about the procedures and methods are described in

Mirnova Foundation
Invitational Award Process

The basis of the awards program is a set of criteria established by the originators. There are no applications, solicitations or competitions. Awards are made by the Awards Committee to select individuals who have been nominated by members of the Committee through recommendations by professional associates and colleagues worldwide. Information is gathered and reviews are conducted during the course of the preceding year, and awards are made.

The Awards Committee membership remains anonymous in order to preserve objectivity and to minimize situations of solicitation or conflict of interest. This Committee includes individuals with no formal or fiduciary association with MirnovaFoundation nor with TETRAD Instritute or Intelligence Renaissance Industries.

The fundamental criteria are as follows:

  • Awardees are students enrolled and matriculating within high school or university programs, ages 12 - 20, or post-graduates of any age (no limit) who are deemed to be exceptional and deserving for an award.

  • The Foundation aims to make as many awards per year as is possible and all depends upon its endowment and contributions from donors and sponsors.

  • Scholarship proceeds may be used at the discretion of the awardee for several specific types of expenditures: tuitions and other formal expenses of attending a school or university, and expenses related directly to a research project, including materials, instruments, travel to conferences or other special events, and similar typical costs of study, experiment, production and/or public presentation.

  • Of the four basic, regular, annual awards, one award is made to a student who is a member of a Native People Tribe and living in North America.

  • One award is made to a student who is a non-Native-People resident and citizen of a country within North America, including (but not limited to) the United States, Canada and Mexico.

  • Two awards are made to students who are residents and citizens of a country outside of North America.

  • Additional awards in a given year, beyond the basic four, are made to students who mahy be in any country or region of the planet.
Awardees are students with exceptional creativity, dedication, innovation, selflessness, attention and care to others, and whose lives have been affected with situations that demonstrate courage, determination, diligence, honor and respect.

Student interests, accomplishments, and award-supported projects may be in a very wide variety of disciplines and topics, within those fields generally understood to be "arts" and "sciences" in a traditional manner.

The Scholarship Program is inspired and guided by classical, traditional principles of ethical and virtuous living in human relationships and social conduct.

The "Three Fundamental Bonds" (Sāngāng; ​三纲) pertain to and reflect traditional society’s most fundamental social relationships: parents and children, seniors and youth, and marital partners. As essential relationships, these three serve as shorthand for all human relationships. The Five Constant Virtues (Wŭcháng; ​五常) pertain to the virtues of benevolence (ren 仁), righteousness (yi 義), propriety (li 義), wisdom (zhi 智), and trustworthiness (xin 信). As with the Fundamental Bonds, these five virtues are the most significant ones and thus serve as shorthand for all the Confucian virtues. In other words, the Three Fundamental Bonds designate the social relationships that are essential for structuring human social life, while the Five Constant Virtues are the values needed to live a moral life

Information about prospective students, who may be appropriate for this Program, should be directed to attention of The Scholarship Awards Committee, via a precise and concise letter from interested parties to with the phrase "Mirnova Scholarship" in the subject-line.

Thank You.