Congratulations to Anna, our 2017 winner!

Here's the moment we told her she'd won.
You're definitely going to want to watch this.

Anna is a high school senior from Maryland planning to study physics. Anna submitted an excellent video about tidal heating and Jupiter's most volcanic moon, and our advisory board selected her as the winner from over 2,000 applicants.

Anna's VideoPress Release

Now that you've won, what's going through your head?

I am over the moon! This scholarship is my dream, and it still feels very unreal. I could go on and on about how honored and grateful and excited I am, but we would be here all day, so I'll just say this: I can't wait to make some videos!

What do you hope to accomplish as the 2017 Science Ambassador?

I know it sounds cheesy, but I really do believe in the power of videos to change lives. I know I wouldn't be where I am today without Numberphile, ViHart, and CGPGrey, just to name a few. Videos have always helped me learn and become more curious, and I'm hoping I can make content that helps other people the same way.

What are your future college plans?

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. Right now, I plan to study physics as an undergrad and eventually go into research, but that plan is definitely not finalized. I know I want to work in science, but I'm going to take lots of different courses and do internships to figure out exactly what I want to do.

A full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity.

Scholarship funds will be provided from Cards Against Humanity’s Science Pack—a 30–card expansion pack co–authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait.

The winner of the Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years.


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We awarded $2,500 and $1,000, respectively, to our 2nd and 3rd place finalists.

Congratulations to runners–up Cameron and Queenster.

Frequently Asked Questions

When’s the deadline for my application?

No deadline has been announced yet, but applications will re–open fall 2017.

Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen to apply?

You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply. You do need to attend college (or plan to attend college) in the United States.

Does my video have to be about my field of study?

Nope! You can talk about any scientific topic you find exciting. Remember to deliver a mini lecture, not a personal statement.

Can I apply if I’m a graduate student?

The Science Ambassador Scholarship is only open to undergraduate students and high school students at this time.

Which fields of study are eligible?

All fields within science, technology, engineering, and math are eligible. For a full list of STEM fields, click here. STEM must be your major field of study (not minor).

I haven’t decided on a major, but I’m definitely going to study a STEM field. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can apply, as long as you will study a STEM field for the entirety of your undergraduate career.

I’m a teacher/professor/guidance counselor. How can I tell my students?

You can link to and download this flyer to print out. If you’d like us to send you other promotional materials, email us at

How can I help support the Science Ambassador Scholarship?

You can help by spreading the word to as many eligible high school and college students as possible—we always want to reach more students. You can also support the scholarship financially by grabbing a science pack. All proceeds directly fund the scholarship’s growing trust.

Who won last year’s scholarship?

Sona Dadhania was awarded the 2016 Science Ambassador Scholarship from over one thousand applicants. Sona is studying Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. You can watch Sona’s incredible winning video here, and see what she’s currently learning about in school here.

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