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How Cards Against Humanity Is Helping Women in STEM

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The creators of Cards Against Humanity, dubbed as the "party game for horrible people," have managed to do some good.

Cards Against Humanity's intellectual expansion "Science Pack" has raised over $546,000 for The Science Ambassador Scholarship, a scholarship fund for U.S.-based women interested in studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

Co-authored with web-comic creator, Zach Weinersmith, and author, Phil Plait, the "Science Pack" is a $10 expansion pack dedicated to all things scientific, including global warming and evolution, and went on sale earlier this year.

The Scholarship was announced in March 2015, with the intention of finding a candidate who will act as an ambassador for their field. The chosen candidate will start their four-year degree in the fall of 2016, paid for by the funds raised.

"Women are underrepresented in science, tech, engineering, and math," Josh Dillon, co-creator of "Cards Against Humanity", said in March when the scholarship was announced.

"We felt like the funding from this pack could have the greatest impact by making it possible for more women to get an education in those fields, and by giving them a platform to share their work and their passion for science."

Video applications for the scholarship have now opened, and after the December deadline, candidates will be reviewed by a board of fifty women, who work professionally in science, including those from Harvard Medical School and the Smithsonian Institution.

For a brand that's dedicated to going against humanity, it seems to be doing a lot of good.

In late 2013, the game-makers donated around $100,000 to fund projects for classrooms in impoverished U.S. areas, from its 2013 Holiday Pack sales.

Since 2012, the company has created an annual Holiday card pack, and each year the profits go to specific organizations, including Sunlight and Wikimedia. So far these holiday packs combined have donated more than $2.15 million.


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Alexandra Gibbs is a News Assistant for CNBC in London. She has been with CNBC since October 2014, as both an intern and freelance writer.