Last night, “NCIS” said goodbye to Pauley Perrette, who’s spent 15 years playing Abby, a forensic specialist.
But even though Pauley was a fake female scientist, she wanted Abby’s legacy to continue by helping real female scientists. She recently set up two scholarships, so that other women could follow in Abby’s footsteps.
Pauley studied criminal science, sociology, and psychology at Valdosta State…and was planning on finishing her Master’s at John Jay before she says she “accidentally” became an actress.
She says, “Abby is not just a TV character for people…[she’s helped] inspire this international phenomenon of young women going into math and science and STEM programs because she made it accessible, cool, attainable, and fun.”
You have to be a woman to qualify for the scholarships…but you probably don’t have to be goth like Abby. That’s just sort of a bonus.
(Here’s video of Pauley reflecting on Abby’s legacy.)