Ellen Degeneres fulfilled the “inspiring personal story” caveat of daytime television today by bringing on a girl named Samantha Garvey. Garvey is an accomplished student of science and a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search. This would be impressive for anyone, but Garvey has the added obstacle that she and her family are homeless. She has to do her schoolwork while undergoing the stress of living in a shelter.
Because Ellen is in the business of helping dreams come true, she obtained Samantha a $50,000 college scholarship from AT&T. She also got her family a $1,000 gift card to Whole Foods (which should buy approximately a month’s worth groceries there, but they’ll be good groceries) and a $5,000 gift card to J.C. Penney. $50,000 isn’t going to pay for much more than one year of school at one of Garvey’s top choices (Yale or Brown), but something tells me she’s going to be just fine, as she’s pretty much exactly the kind of student financial aid offices like to award full scholarships to.
(Via The Ellen Show)