Only on 6: UAlbany students get full scholarships, cash from Ellen DeGeneres


They won full-ride scholarships on the Ellen show, and this week Ellen DeGeneres surprised them again, with checks for $10,000.

CBS 6’s Anne McCloy sat down with three inspiring University at Albany students whose stories are being featured on Ellen for the next several weeks.

“When she said four-year scholarship, I said this is crazy, this is amazing,” said Sharinel Nunez.

In February, Ellen presented the entire high school graduating class at Summit Charter Academy in Brooklyn, NY with full-ride scholarships after their teachers wrote Ellen a letter.

“They are educators from Brooklyn, NY in a community where only 4% of the kids go to college, and yet 93% of their seniors from last year are currently in college,” Ellen said on her show.

“There's like gangs, and violence,” Nyasha Biggs said of her Brooklyn neighborhood.

But in spite of where they grew up, these students stayed focused.

“I went from C’s, to B’s and A's,” said Melick Lubin.

And this Fall, they took their Ellen scholarships to U Albany.

“I always wanted to do business, and Albany has a really good business program,” Lubin said.

But they had no idea Ellen's surprise was far from over. Ellen sent camera crews to U Albany to follow their journey to college, and this week Ellen invited them back to Los Angeles, to showcase their schools.

“I’m Melick and I chose the University at Albany SUNY,” Melick Lubin said on the show.

This time, Ellen surprised them with even more.

“To help you succeed in college, Walmart is giving each of you 10,000 dollars,” Ellen said.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Biggs said.

Nyasha Biggs and Sharinel Nunez were Valedictorian and Salutatorian of their high school class. Now they're both pursuing medical degrees.

“She’s investing so much time and money into us we can’t let her down,” Biggs said.

Melick aspires to be an entrepreneur.

“I want to have my own business,” Lubin said.

All of them say they have Ellen to thank.

“You made our dreams come true.”

The U Albany students are appearing in six episodes on Ellen about their journey to college in a series called ‘Summit’, named after their Brooklyn charter school that helped them get to the university.

The episodes will air on Wednesdays during Ellen for the next several weeks right here on CBS 6 at 4pm.

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