A popular comedy series is behind a new scholarship that has been set up to help students in the sciences at UCLA. CBS News reports that the Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment has attracted funding of $4 million, with many of the people behind the show leading the way.
“The Big Bang Theory” co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre has been a driving force in establishing the endowment through his family foundation. Among those who have also reportedly contributed are series stars Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik, Kunal Nayyar and Johnny Galecki, along with executive producers Bill Prady and Steven Molaro.
Corporate partners CBS and Warner Bros. Television have also chipped in, UCLA announced Thursday.
Said Lorre: “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.”
The report notes: “The merit and need-based scholarship will benefit low-income undergraduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (STEM) who would not otherwise be able to afford to study at the university.”