Daytime’s “queen of comedy” just raised the level of surprise to new heights.
Ellen, in conjunction with Walmart, gifted 41 graduating students from Red Hook’s Summit Academy Charter School with a check for $1.6 million during her show on Thursday, NBC New York reports.
The donation covers four-year scholarships for students to attend any State University of New York institution.
“Our mission is for them to go to college, excel in college and graduate from college. Now we don’t have any obstacles stopping them,”Summit Academy principal Cheryl Lundy Swift said. “This means the sky is the limit.”
Ellen did a follow-up interview on Thursday with Swift and Summit Academy founder Natasha Campbell, under the guise that she was checking in with them and their students.
During the pair’s previous visit Ellen and Walmart donated $25,000 to the school, but nothing could prepare them for what happened on Thursday.
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