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 2024 academic year open this fall.

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

Congratulations to Wangari, our 2023 Winner

Wangari is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying bioengineering. Here's the moment we told her she won:

How does it feel to be the Science Ambassador?
I am buzzing! I feel incredibly grateful to be selected as an ambassador for women in STEM and am eager to use this opportunity to share the science topics that excite me.

What are your future plans?
I plan to pursue a postgraduate degree, likely in bioengineering. After graduation I am interested in going into the biomedical industry and I hope to work towards designing devices or materials for applications in medicine.


Each year we award tuition stipends to our runners-up. Watch their videos here!

Audrey $5,000 Audrey's video
Megan $2,500 Megan's video
Joanne $1,000 Joanne's video
Alison $1,000 Alison's video

How To Apply This Fall

Applications for the 2024 academic year open this fall. To apply, film a three–minute educational video of yourself explaining a STEM topic you're passionate about. To apply, you must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student. To view 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. Videos longer than this will not be considered. 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. You can use any citation format you'd like.
  • Uploaded to YouTube and marked ‘public.’ No exceptions!
A woman applying for a rad scholarship for women studying STEM fields

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 2024 and will move onto the next round to submit additional materials. A winner will be announced in April 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?

Applications open fall 2023.

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.

How many years of tuition does this scholarship cover?

We'll pay the winner's undergraduate tuition expenses for up to four years, starting with the 2024-2025 academic year. Please note that we do not reimburse the winner for tuition expenses incurred prior to winning this scholarship.

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 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 or Climate Catastrophe Pack. All sales fund the scholarship.

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 Expansion Packs

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

Scholarship funds are provided by sales of Cards Against Humanity's Science Pack and Climate Catastrophe Pack.

 $1,406,836  raised so far

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Meet the Judges

Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Dr. Diana Buist Senior Director Strategic Partnerships, Grail Inc.

Erin Diel, PhD Head of Product, Glencoe Software

Jen Indovina CEO, Tenrehte Technologies

Dr. Sarah Mitchell Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Loyola Marymount University

Julie Nadel Director of Graduate Education, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Esther Ngumbi Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Advisory Board

Brittany Allen-Petersen, PhD Asst. Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

Dr. Laurie Bayet

Amy Boddy Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Barbara

Erin J Aiello Bowles, MPH Kaiser Permanente, Washington Health Research Institute

Amanda M. Burkhardt, PhD Asst. Professor, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, University of Southern California

Dr. Lisa Carter-Bawa Director, Cancer Prevention Precision Control Institute, Center for Discovery & Innovation at Hackensack Meridian Health

Emily Davenport Department of Biology, Penn State University

Natalie Davidson, PhD Postdoctoral Researcher

Melody Di Bona, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Y. Frances Fei, MD Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Heather Spencer Feigelson, PhD, MPH Senior Investigator, Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente

Casey Hall, PhD Head of Research at Cards Against Humanity

Kayt Havens, MD

Kathryn Henley, PhD Associate Director of Scientific Writing

Dr. Jennifer Hirsh, PharmD, MS Veterans Health Administration

Dr. Megan Hoover Savannah River National Laboratory

Liz Johnson, PhD STEM Student Experiences Lead, Southern Research

Meghan Joly, PhD Sr. Scientific Project Manager, Vanderbilt University Medical School

Golnoosh Kamali, PhD Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Joyce Kao Senior Project Manager, Innovation Center for Digital Medicine, University Hospital Aachen

Kasifa Khalid, PhD Culture, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion team, Wellcome Trust

Dr. Michelle Kline Department of Psychology, Brunel University London

Sarah Kolitz VP Translational Medicine, Immuneering

Annalena La Porte, PhD

Dr. Lisa Manglass Department of Physics and Engineering, Francis Marion University

Heather M. Maranges, PhD

Lindsay Marjoram, PhD Manager, Department of In Vitro Services, Powered Research

Dr. Alison Marklein

Prof. Dr. Mackenzie Mathis Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne

Dr. Christine Sierra O’Connell Environmental Studies Department, Macalester College

Abbey Perl, PhD

Crystal Pickard, NCARB Registered Architect

Dr. Nadija Rieser Resident Physician

Ali Rosenberg, PhD

Dr. Molly Rossow Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Prof. Sara H. Rouhanifard Department of Bioengineering, Northeastern University

Dr. Kate Sippel, DACVR

Catherine Situma Safety and Health Manager, Risk Management and Safety, Auburn University

Kara Stevens Senior Strategy and Research Officer, Walton Family Foundation

Sharda Umanath Associate Professor of Psychological Science, Claremont McKenna College

Ana Elisa Garcia Vedrenne Asst. Professor of Teaching, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine

Kathleen Vincent, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow at MGH and HMS

Dr. Kelly Weinersmith Rice University, Department of Biosciences, Adjunct Asst. Professor

Valerie Were, PhD Social and Behavioral Science Analyst, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University

Karina Wernecke Software Engineering Manager, McMaster-Carr