‘The Big Bang Theory’ Cast Meets UCLA Scholarship Recipients

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Oct. 18 2015, Updated 2:52 p.m. ET

Since The Big Bang Theory debuted in 2007, it’s entirely possible that early fans of the show grew up watching its mis-matched group of characters and decided to pursue their dreams of becoming scientists. Those 10-year-olds who were just growing up when the show started are now entering university, and if they study science at UCLA, there’s now a chance they may get funding from the Big Bang Theory stars themselves.

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As announced in May, 2015, show producer Chuck Lorre created the Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment that will provide financial support to students in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — based on academic merit and financial need. In addition to Lorre, funding came from gifts from more than 50 people, including the show’s main stars and its corporate partners, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Now the first set of scholarships have been awarded, and the recipients have spent some time on the Big Bang Theory set meeting its stars. As Variety reported, Lorre toasted the students with champagne glasses filled with apple cider.

Mayim Bialik, herself a UCLA grad, posted an Instagram selfie with co-stars Jim Parsons and Melissa Rauch and a couple of recipients.

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