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Cards Against Humanity awards first STEM scholarship

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Cards Against Humanity is known for giving back to its community. This is the company that bought its players an island in Maine and a castle in Ireland, after all. But perhaps the most meaningful gift that the game has ever given its "horrible" players was shipped earlier this month — the gift of a college education.

The Cards Against Humanity 2016 Science Ambassador Scholarship was funded in part by the sales of a $10 expansion pack. So far that scholarship trust has raised more than $850,000. The proceeds are being used to award deserving undergraduate women with a full-ride scholarship for science-related study at the school of their choice.

This year's winner, the first in what hopefully will be a long line of awardees, is Sona Dadhania, a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. Her video application was selected by a panel of over 60 women who themselves hold higher degrees and work in science fields.

"Sona was a great candidate from the very first round of judging," said Dr. Veronica Berns. "Her video explained difficult concepts in nanotechnology in a creative, visual way that made them simple to understand without feeling condescending. That's a very hard thing to do, and Sona made it look easy. I can tell she is a very talented young scientist and I'm so happy that we will get to throw a spotlight on the work she is doing in the coming years."

You can watch CAH staffers letting Dadhania know she's a winner in the video below.

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