STEM Scholars Get A Big Bang

28 May 2015 - By TW Staff

The cast and crew of The Big Bang Theory, along with the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, have established the first-ever UCLA scholarship created by and named for a television series. The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment supports undergraduate students in need who pursue higher education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at UCLA.

"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, co-creator/executive producer of the hit series, in the announcement. "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 historic scholarship is off to a very "big bang." The endowment has already raised $4 million, thanks to an initial donation from the Lorie Family Foundation, nearly 50 individuals associated with The Big Bang Theory—including series stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch; executive producers Bill Prady, Steven Molaro; and crew, partners such as Warner Bros. Television, CBS and other industry leaders.

Read the full press release for more information about the scholarship endowment.