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Big Bang Theory scholarship at UCLA set up

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Sheldon Cooper wannabes now have a chance to study science at UCLA, thanks to The Big Bang Theory.

Series creator Chuck Lorre, stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, and several TBBT writers have contributed to a first-ever scholarship named after a TV show. All told, Big Bang‘s extended family has raised more than $4 million to fund The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment, which is meant to help undergrads who want to study 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,” said Lorre in a statement. “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 plan is to reward 20 “Big Bang Theory” scholars for the 2015–16 academic year, with an additional five scholars to be added in each future academic year.