Inspiring Homeless Teen to Appear on "Ellen" Thursday

Samantha Garvey will be given a $50,000 scholarship on the Thursday broadcast of "Ellen"

Thursday, Jan 19, 2012  |  Updated 8:41 AM EDT
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Samantha Garvey is surprised with a scholarship on "Ellen"

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The homeless Long Island teenager who made it to the prestigious National Intel Science Search semi-finalist pool last week is being recognized again, this time in a broadcast of "Ellen" set to air Thursday.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will welcome 17-year-old Samantha Garvey on her show to share her inspiring story and surprise her with a $50,000 scholarship to the college of her choice.

Garvey, a senior at Brentwood High School with a 3.9 GPA, was designated one of 61 Long Island semi-finalists in the Intel Science search.

Garvey and her family had been living in a homeless shelter when she discovered she was named one of the top science students in the country.

She told NBC New York last week being homeless has "always been a motivator for me."

Thursday, DeGeneres will recognize Garvey's passion and determination with the scholarship from AT&T, along with other surprises for Garvey's family.

Since Garvey's story aired, she has been offered a rent-subsidized home for her family and been invited to the State of the Union.

"Ellen" airs on NBC New York at 4 p.m.

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