Big Bang Theory for Your Buck: TV’s First Scholarship
Big Bang Theory cast and crew offer scholarship to UCLA students.
By Kathryn Knight Randolph
May 29, 2015
The creator, cast and crew of Big Bang Theory are making TV and education history by announcing the first ever TV-inspired scholarship. Now, it doesn’t take a genius to know that this is…well, genius.
The Big Bang Theory Scholarship is available to students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math at UCLA, according to ABC News. Currently, the scholarship endowment stands at $4 million, but that figure is sure to increase considering the generous backing behind the fund.
Initiated by the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, the scholarship boasts supporters like the show’s stars, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.
Each year 20 students will be selected, and the 2015 – 2016 academic school year marks the inaugural year of the scholarship endowment. Every year after, the scholarship will be awarded to five additional scholars. This year’s recipients will be announced this fall on the set of the show, as stated by ABC News.
Only students who plan to attend UCLA and study in one of the STEM fields are eligible to apply. Details for prospective applicants will be available soon.
This scholarship is one of the first of its kind. While endowed scholarships are no strangers to college campuses and students’ pockets, it’s the first time a major scholarship has been contributed on behalf of a television show. Let’s hope it’s not the last of its kind. How about an NCIS scholarship for crime scene forensics, criminal justice or forensic science majors?
The show’s creator Lorre said in a statement, “We have all been given a gift with ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ a show that’s not only based in the scientific community, but also enthusiastically supported by that same community. This is our opportunity to give back. In that spirit, our Big Bang family has made a meaningful contribution, and together we’ll share in the support of these future scholars, scientists and leaders."
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