Cards Against Humanity, the "party game for horrible people" has raised over $500,000 to support a full-ride scholarship for "a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics." The value of the scholarship is still increasing, and will cover full tuition for up to four years, beginning in 2016.
The funds were raised through the sale of a Science Pack, authored by Zach Weinersmith from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Phil Plait known for Bad Astronomy. Each pack is $10, and the packages are still available through the Cards Against Humanity store.
Community Director Jenn Bane said that the scholarship was created "to put a spotlight on women who are passionate about science." In order to apply, each candidate must submit a three minute clip in which she describes what type of scientific topic she is passionate about and why. Bane choose video as the format so that "women's passion for science" can be "publicly visible". The panel of judges are looking for "creative, excited candidates who can't wait to talk about science". She also pointed out that the production quality is irrelevant.
Guidelines specify that applicants must be residents of the United States, be in high school or college, and must identify as a woman "in a way that's significant to them". All applications must be submitted online and are due on or before December 1, 2015.
The videos will be judged by a board of 50 women currently working professionally in science, including women from the Smithsonian, NASA, Harvard Medical School, and the Adler Planetarium. A winner will be announced in spring 2016.
This isn't the first charitable project run by Cards Against Humanity. They have previously raised close to $3 million for the Sunlight Foundation, the Wikimedia Foundation, and DonorsChoose. Through DonorsChoose, Cards Against Humanity has supported over 13,000 projects developed by teachers in high-poverty schools in the United States.
Watch the video about the Science Ambassador Scholarship below.