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Cards Against Humanity raised $500k to help women get degrees in STEM fields

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Chicago's Cards Against Humanity opened applications this week for their Science Ambassador Scholarship, which will provide a full-ride for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

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The award, slated for the 2016 academic year, will be the first given by the $500,000 scholarship trust. The Ambassador Scholarship has been funded entirely through the sales of a single expansion pack for CAH, called the Science Pack. The $10 deck of cards was co-authored by Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's Zach Weinersmith and Phil Plait, author of the Bad Astronomy column at Slate.

"Scholarship applications will be reviewed by a board of fifty women who hold higher degrees and work professionally in science," said a press release issued yesterday, "including representatives from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, the Smithsonian Institution, the Adler Planetarium, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as TED, NSF, Huxley, and Hubble fellows. The winner will be announced in the spring of 2016."

Video applications are being accepted online at the fund's official site. The Science Pack is still on sale, and the trust is still growing.

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