They might only play funny scientists on TV, but the cast of the The Big Bang Theory aren’t joking around when it comes to helping the next generation of real-life scientists.
Show creator Chuck Lorre and The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation along with nearly 50 other cast members, producers and crew just announced they have created The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment, a financial aid fund for undergraduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM, at UCLA.
Heart-warmed yet? Well, it gets better. The fund has raised $4 million, which will help support 20 students from low-income households who need extra money to help cover the cost of college and have been accepted into the university based on merit.
This is the first scholarship fund created by (and named) after a TV series at UCLA, let alone named after a scientific theory about the creation of the universe.
Lorre put aside the comedy for a moment to talk about the scholarship, saying, “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, scientific and leaders.”
Many of the stars you know and love like Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), and Kaley Cuoco (Penny) have contributed, but also, most notably, UCLA alumnus Mayim Bialik (Amy), who earned her Ph.D. in neuroscience at the university.
Way to go Big Bang people, this is really a great contribution.