The Big Bang Theory is a show which focuses on fictional scientists but now the cast and crew are funding a scholarship for real-life science students.
The Big Bang Scholarship Endowment, which is the first ever UCLA scholarship from the cast and crew of a TV show, has raised a whopping $4 million to support undergraduate students at the University of California, Los Angeles who are studying sciences.
Starting from this autumn, 20 grants will be awarded to students who have got into UCLA on academic merit but need help financially. Every year five new students will be added to the scholarship.
The endowment is being funded by The Big Bang Theory co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre, with help from the show’s stars including Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Mayim Bialik, along with contributions from Warner Bros and CBS.
In a statement, Chuck Lorre said:
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.
The first group of scholars will be announced on the set of The Big Bang Theory in the autumn.
Let’s just hope that the students don’t have to play ‘Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock’ to decide who gets the money.