The Science Ambassador Scholarship

A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Applications for the 2022 academic year open this fall.

If you'd like to be notified when applications open, sign up for our mailing list here.

Congratulations to Gabrielle, our 2021 Winner

This fall Gabrielle will be a freshman at the California Institute of Technology where she plans to study computer science. Here's the moment we told her she won:

Gabrielle is our sixth full-tuition scholarship recipient. You can read about our previous winners here.

How does it feel to win?
Honestly, it feels unreal! I'm definitely in a bit of shock, and can't stop grinning. I can't wait to make more videos as a Science Ambassador.

What do you plan to study?
After this gap year, I plan to attend the California Institute of Technology and major in computer science.

Got any summer plans?
I'll be continuing my internship at Red Hat, teaching game development with Girls Make Games, teaching web development to girls with Kode with Klossy, and participating in a venture capital fellowship at Republic with the mission of democratizing private investing.

It's far off, but any thoughts about life after college?
In the long run, there's a few routes I could see myself taking, namely software engineering and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship interests me, because I feel as if I could drive real change in issues I care about, like democratizing STEM education or shaping the future of food.


Runners–Up

We also award tuition stipends to our runners-up. You can watch their videos here.

Aja $2,500 Aja's video
Suhani $1,000 Suhani's video
Rebecca $1,000 Rebecca's video
Keara $1,000 Keara's video

How To Apply This Fall

Applications for the 2022 academic year open this fall. To apply, film a three–minute educational video of yourself explaining a STEM topic you're passionate about. You must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student to apply. To view examples of videos we've liked in the past, check out our previous winners. Your video should be:

  • A mini–lecture, not a personal statement. Pretend you're a lecturer speaking to a class. Teach us something.
  • Clear, creative, accurate, and a demonstration of your passion for the subject. We value novel, memorable approaches to topics. Your video doesn't need to be fancy or high–tech. Production value is not a factor.
  • Three minutes or less in length. No exceptions!
  • About any STEM topic, not necessarily your field of study. Pick a topic that excites and fascinates you. We don't need to hear about the latest thing in science news (unless that's your jam).
  • Scientifically accurate. We encourage you to cite the sources used to research your topic. Ideally, this would be in a slide or frame at the end of your video.
  • Uploaded to YouTube and marked ‘public.’ No exceptions!
A woman applying for a rad scholarship for women studying STEM fields

Please note: Part of being a science communicator is leading by example. If applicable, please film your video in a way that complies with your local safety regulations related to COVID-19.

An advisory board of women who hold higher degrees and work in a broad range of STEM fields will review applications and select finalists. Finalists will be notified in early 2022 and will move onto the next round to submit additional materials. A winner will be announced in April 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions


When can I apply?

Applications open fall 2021.

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 or a United States Territory.

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

Nope! You can explain any STEM topic you find exciting. Remember to deliver a mini–lecture, not a personal statement.

Can I apply if I'm a graduate student?

No. The Science Ambassador Scholarship is only open to undergraduate students and high school seniors.

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 your 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 work in a school. How can I share this opportunity with my students?

You can link to ScienceAmbassadorScholarship.org or download this flyer.

How can I help support the Science Ambassador Scholarship?

You can spread the word to as many eligible students as possible. Also, you could grab the Cards Against Humanity Science Pack. All sales fund the scholarship.

Who drew all the amazing illustrations on this site?

The brilliant Ashley Lukashevsky.

Meet the Winners

An illustration of all of our Science Ambassador Scholarship winners so far. You could be one of them! An illustration of all of our Science Ambassador Scholarship winners so far. You could be one of them!

Every semester, we ask winners of the Science Ambassador Scholarship to create new videos explaining STEM topics they're learning about in school.

Meet the Science Ambassadors

The Science Pack

Our goal is to highlight outstanding women in science, technology, engineering, and math. To date, we've funded six full–tuition scholarships and created a community of mentors and students who work in STEM fields.

Scholarship funds are 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.

 $1,316,186  raised so far

Buy the Science Pack

Meet the Judges

Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Prof. Veronica Berns Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

Kathryn Havens M.D. Medical College of Wisconsin, Kern Institute

Jen Indovina CEO of Tenrehte

Prof. Tami Lieberman Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT

Julie Nadel, PhD Senior Program Manager, Johns Hopkins University

Prof. Esther Ngumbi Department of Entomology; African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign


Advisory Board

Leigh Abrams, Ph.D. Senior scientist R&D, Honeywell UOP

Brittany Allen-Petersen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

Anne Lord Bailey, PharmD, BCPS Emerging Tech Clinical Specialist; Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem

Dr. Laurie Bayet Department of Psychology, American University

Amy Boddy Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara

Dr. Diana SM Buist Director of Research and Strategic Partnerships; Senior Investigator; Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Seattle, WA

Dr. Amanda M. Burkhardt Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Southern California

Elena Chartoff, PhD Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry Harvard Medical School

Dr. Amanda Childers

Laleh Coté STEM Education Specialist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Doctoral Student, UC Berkeley

Dr. Emily R. Davenport Department of Biology, Penn State University

Natalie R Davidson, Post-Doctoral Researcher Department for Computer Science, ETH Zürich

Erin Diel, PhD Image Application Specialist, Glencoe Software

Molly Melissa Foote, Ph.D.

Dr. Irene Gallego Romero School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne

Mallory Hacker, PhD, MSCI Assistant Professor of Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Casey Hall, PhD Researcher and Data Scientist at Cards Against Humanity

Kathryn Henley PhD

Dr. Jennifer Hirsh PharmD, M.S.

Dr. Renée Hlozek Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics & Dunlap Institute, University of Toronto

Dr. Christina M Ignarra Project Scientist, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Dr. Michelle Ann Kline Centre for Culture and Evolution, Brunel University London

Sarah Kolitz, PhD VP Translational Medicine, Immuneering

Annalena La Porte, Ph.D. Sr. Scientist, Pfizer

Dr. Tara Mandalaywala Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Professor Lisa Manglass Assistant Professor of Physics, Francis Marion University

Heather M. Maranges PhD, Department of Psychology and Social Justice Centre, Concordia University

Dr. Alison Marklein

Lindsay Marjoram, PhD Associate Study Director, Powered Research, LLC

Prof. Mackenzie Mathis

Debbie Gale Mitchell Assistant Teaching Prof., Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Denver

Sarah Mitchell, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Loyola Marymount University

Prof MurphyKate Montee Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Carleton College

Meghan (Morrison) Joly, PhD Project Manager, Vanderbilt Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR), Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Anna Mullins, PhD RPSGT Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Prof. Christine Sierra O'Connell Department of Environmental Studies, Macalester College

Dr. Nadija Rieser Emergency Medicine Resident at Advocate Christ Medical Center

Dr. Sabriya N. Rosemond Assistant Director of the Learning Assistant Program, STEM Transformation Institute

Dr. Molly Rossow Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Kate Sippel, DVM, DACVR Senior Medical Manager IDEXX Laboratories

Anna Turetsky, PhD Principal, Venture Investments, The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research

Sharda Umanath, PhD Department of Psychological Science, Claremont McKenna College

Dr. Kelly Weinersmith Adjunct Professor, Department of BioSciences, Rice University

Karina Wernecke Systems Manager, McMaster-Carr

Dr. Kaitlin Stack Whitney Science, Technology & Society Department, Rochester Institute of Technology

Melissa Wilson, PhD School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University