‘The Big Bang Theory’ Creates Scholarship for UCLA STEM Students

bigbangtheoryReality and fiction have collided and are causing a “Big Bang” of their own for STEM students at UCLA. For these students, television certainly will not ruin their brains. In fact, its purpose is to do the exact opposite.
The Big Bang Theory
, a television series that follows the lives of fictional, young physicists working at Cal Tech in Pasadena, California is offering to provide financial aid to real UCLA undergraduate students pursuing a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

“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,” said Chuck Lorre, the show’s co-creator and executive producer. “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.”

Chuck Lorre, co-creator of The Big Bang Theory, along with help from the cast and crew, have already raised more than $4 million dollars that will be awarded to 20 Big Bang Theory Scholars for the 2015-2016 academic year. The scholarship will be given to students who have been accepted on academic merit but need additional support to supplement their financial aid. Every year, five additional students will be granted this scholarship.

The first group of recipients for the Big Bang Scholarship will be announced on the set of the Big Bang Theory in the fall with cast and crew in attendance.

This scholarship is the first at UCLA to be inspired and created by a television show and we’re excited to see the implementation of similar scholarships for our students.

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