‘The Big Bang Theory’ offering scholarships to UCLA students

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It looks like one of the biggest shows on television is branching out to scholarships for college. The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre started the Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment, with contributions given by the cast and the crew of the show as well as Warner Bros. Television, CBS, and other corporate partners.

Lorre said in a statement regarding the scholarship, “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.”

With $4 million donated so far, the scholarship will go towards UCLA undergraduates majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This fall there will be 20 scholarships given out of varying sizes, based on need and academic merit. Each year after that, five more students will be added to the program. This will be UCLA’s first scholarship endowment created by a television series.

Why UCLA? Why not Caltech, since the show is set at that university? There are many UCLA connections on the set – UCLA physics and astronomy professor David Saltzberg is the show’s science consultant and actress Mayim Bialik earned her neuroscience doctorate there. Go Bruins!

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