Cards Against Humanity may not be so bad after all. Makers of the “party game for horrible people” and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC) have teamed up to create a scholarship fund that will award a full-ride college scholarship for up to four years to women seeking undergraduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Cards Against Humanity Science Ambassador Scholarship will be funded by the game’s new $10 “Science Pack” written by astronomer Phil Plait and SMBC author and illustrator Zach Weinersmith, who recently raised well over $300,000 on Kickstarter for adventure book “Augie and the Green Knight,” about a “scientifically precocious young girl.”
Cards Against Humanity co-creator and MIT astrophysics graduate student Josh Dillon said in a news release last month, “Women are underrepresented in science, tech, engineering, and math, and we felt like the funding from this pack could have the greatest impact by making it possible for more women to get an education in those fields, and by giving them a platform to share their work and their passion for science.”
Scholarship applications will be reviewed by 40 women working professionally in STEM fields from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the Smithsonian Institution to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“With this scholarship, I’m excited to get to tell a passionate girl out there, ‘Yes! What you are doing and dreaming is really great, and here’s some help to get you where you want to go.’,” board member Dr. Veronica Berns said in the release.
Berns added that the board was looking for students who are not only interested in STEM but are also ” bursting at the seams with passion for the thing that they love.”
Applications will be available for the fall 2016 academic year. Women who are United States residents in high school or college are eligible for the scholarship and can sign up to receive a notification when the application is open on the scholarship’s website.
According to the game’s community manager, other charitable packs released by Cards Against Humanity have raised nearly $2 million for non-profits such as the Wikimedia Foundation, the Sunlight Foundation, and DonorsChoose.org.