Last week Chuck Lorre's ultra popular ode to geek culture, The Big Bang Theory, made history, proving that it's not only dedicated to entertaining audiences, but is admirably committed to educating them too.
Keen to not let any potential Sheldon-like brainiacs slip through the cracks of our education system, Lorre announced the establishment of The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment, pledging over $4 million to underprivileged scholars!
Who said TV made you more stupid, eh?
The groundbreaking fund will go directly to 20 low-income students entering the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields at UCLA this year, thereby ensuring our brightest young talents will be limited only by the scope of their ambitions, rather than the size of their bank accounts.
The Big Bang Family Gives Back To The Community
Though the show itself thrives on its light-hearted mockery of exceptional intelligence, it's clear that everyone involved in making The Big Bang Theory has a keen awareness of the life-changing - nay, world-changing - potential of a single brilliant mind.
That's why the cast and crew have chosen to contribute their own personal money towards the worthy cause, including Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting (Penny) and Simon Helberg (Howard), not to mention executive producers Chuck Lorre, Bill Prady, and Steven Molaro.
Showrunner Lorre gave a powerful statement about the importance of giving something back to the academic community:
"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.
I think it's a truly wonderful way to put their money where their mouth has been for 8 seasons, supporting the real life scientists of tomorrow. Who knows, it might not be long until the UCLA canteen looks something like this:
The Resurgence of the Modern Nerd
The hit show has long since celebrated the virtue of intelligence, featuring four central characters marked apart by their extraordinarily high IQs - something of a rarity in mainstream TV. There's no question that these cultural role models have at least had a hand in the nerd's modern ascension to 'in vogue' status, inspiring the kids of today to value their intellects more than ever.
This scholarship fund continues to demonstrate Big Bang's ongoing commitment to making us think as well as laugh by supporting our future's greatest thinkers; people who may very well have an impact on this world even greater than this TV show's.
[Source: LA Times]