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Cards Against Humanity Names Winner of Full College Scholarship
CHICAGO, IL - Anna Barth, a high school senior from Maryland, has won the 2017 Science Ambassador Scholarship, a full-ride scholarship for women seeking degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity. The scholarship received more than 2,000 applicants.
“I am over the moon,” said Barth, who plans to study physics. “Winning this scholarship has had a huge impact on my college decision. It made it possible for me to go to Harvey Mudd, my top choice school.”
Cards Against Humanity created the scholarship after the success of their “Science Pack,” a $10 expansion pack available for purchase on CardsAgainstHumanity.com. All proceeds fund the scholarship’s trust, which has raised more than $1 million.
“We created this scholarship to lift up women who are passionate about STEM,” said Jenn Bane, Cards Against Humanity’s community director. “A few of us at Cards Against Humanity have backgrounds in science and tech, and we’ve seen the diversity problem. It’s staggering how women are underrepresented or invisible in these male-dominated fields.”
Applications for the scholarship opened last fall. Students were asked to submit YouTube videos teaching a topic in science they’re passionate about.
“We accepted video applications because videos provide a face and a voice, and raise the visibility of women in STEM,” Bane said. “There’s no shortage of women excited about science, and we want to show that. Young girls can’t become what they can’t see.”
The scholarship’s advisory board — a group of sixty women who hold higher degrees and work professionally in science — ultimately selected Anna’s video as the winner.
“Anna presented a sophisticated viewpoint on science that was reflected in all aspects of her application,” said board member Veronica Berns, a Northwestern University chemistry professor. “Her video was great, but it was the fact that her written application reinforced her unique perspective that made her so impressive. Anna also chose a difficult topic, tidal heating, that many people have never heard of before.Anna has a bright future in STEM.”
As the 2017 Science Ambassador, Anna will continue to create videos and post them on Cards Against Humanity’s YouTube channel.
“Science has an unfortunate reputation for being boring because so many people only ever get to see the dry parts in school,” Barth said. “Everyone deserves to see the good, juicy bits that are normally inaccessible because of all the jargon in science.As a Science Ambassador, I want to help bridge that gap.”
Scholarships of $2,500 and $1,000 were also awarded to the second and third place applicants, Cameron King and Queenster MacCarthy, respectively. In 2015, the scholarship was awarded to Sona Dadhania, a junior at University of Pennsylvania studying materials science and engineering.
“Cards Against Humanity has a wide reach, and with the scholarship we’re trying to lend our platform to change the public perception of what a scientist looks like and who can become a scientist,” said Josh Dillon, Cards Against Humanity co-creator and an astrophysics postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley.
Cards Against Humanity has raised nearly $4 million for charity partners including DonorsChoose.org, the Wikimedia Foundation, Heifer International, and the Chicago Design Museum.
Applications will reopen fall 2017. Learn more at ScienceAmbassadorScholarship.org.
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