A week ago we posted a story about Samantha Garvey, a 17-year-old student from Long Island and finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search. While we love a smart and driven teen girl around these parts, her story is extra interesting because she's homeless and has been living in a shelter with her parents and brother while shooting these amazing academic goals. So it is five hundred shades of awesome that we can give you the update to end all updates: Ellen DeGeneres and her friendly sponsors over at AT&T awarded her a $50,000 scholarship to the college of her choice. Teamed with the fact that Samantha and her family are due to move into their own place any day now and you've got yourself a heart-warmer to start the day. Spend your seven-minute coffee break watching the video at the link — it's not inspiring because it's a sad, struggle-town story, but because Samantha is so well-spoken that she makes you feel like you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Awesome. [Ellen]
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