Ellen Degeneres, Wal-Mart send Red Hook kids to college

Talk show host Ellen Degeneres helped gift college scholarships to a group of high school seniors at the Summit Academy Charter School.



Ruddy Green, 18, says he'd never thought he would be able to go to college. Now, he's set to become the first member of his family to do so.



"I'm actually going to college, making my family proud," he says. "That just means a lot to me."



Green is among 41 students who appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show for a surprise $1.6 million donation from Wal-Mart.



The charter school's officials say many Red Hook students don't finish high school, let alone college. But Summit Academy says it has a 93 percent graduation rate.



Each of the students will receive about $40,000 to go toward the college of their choice.


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