September 14, 2016 – Comedy card game Cards Against Humanity announced today that applications are now open for their Science Ambassador Scholarship, a full ride scholarship for women studying science, technology, engineering, or math. The recipient of the award will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years.
The growing $950,000 scholarship trust is funded by sales of Cards Against Humanity’s “Science Pack,” co-authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait. The pack is available now for $10 at CardsAgainstHumanity.com.
“I’m so excited that we’re able to offer another scholarship for a woman studying STEM. A lot of us at Cards Against Humanity have backgrounds in science and tech, and the underrepresentation of women in these fields is staggering,” said Jenn Bane, the Cards Against Humanity community director. “Ask a kid to draw a scientist, they’ll draw a man in a lab coat, because science and math are historically male-dominated fields. Cards Against Humanity has a large audience, so with the Science Ambassador Scholarship we hope to help change the public perception of what a scientist looks like.”
The scholarship applications will be judged by a board of over sixty women who work professionally in science, including representatives from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, the Smithsonian Institution, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as TED, NSF, Huxley, and Hubble fellows.
College and high school students are both eligible. To apply, students should submit a three minute video explaining a scientific topic they’re passionate about.
Board member Veronica Berns, postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Education at Northwestern University, said, “We’re accepting video applications because we want to raise visibility of women in science. Production value isn’t a factor in these videos. We’re looking for passionate, creative students who can break down a complicated scientific topic.”
Last spring, the board awarded the scholarship to Sona Dadhania, a sophomore at University of Pennsylvania studying Materials Science and Engineering.
“I was so shocked and unprepared to hear that I won,” said Sona, who submitted a video explaining nanotechnology. “When I first heard, I was walking back into my TA’s office hours with a super big grin, and a couple of my friends noticed how excited I seemed, so I ended up blurting out what happened to everyone in the room. I hope that as Science Ambassador, I can inspire a passion and love for science in someone else.”
Students can watch Sona’s winning video and apply at ScienceAmbassadorScholarship.org. The deadline is December 11th, 2016.