Ellen DeGeneres is known for surprising guests with extraordinary gifts. But on Thursday’s show the beloved host raised the bar to a higher degree, doing something she has never done before.
DeGeneres and Walmart have gifted the graduating class of Brooklyn’s Summit Academy Charter School four-year college scholarships to any State University of New York school.
The $1.6 million donation will cover the costs of tuition for 41 graduating seniors.
“Our mission is for them to go to college,” Summit Academy Charter School Principal Cheryl Swift said. “Now they don’t have any obstacles.”
Students said they were shocked by the guesture, calling it “stunning” and a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The school’s founder Natasha Campbell first connected with DeGeneres earlier this month when she shared the school’s inspirational story with the talk show host in a letter.
Campbell shared that Summit Academy Charter School is located in an impoverished neighborhood where only 4 percent of people …
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