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Ellen presents $30K to Mississippi lesbian in prom flap

Associated Press

307-Ellen_DeGeneres__sff_embedded_prod_affiliate_56 JACKSON, Miss. -- A lesbian high school student embroiled in a legal flap over her school's prom policy has received a $30,000 scholarship on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Constance McMillen was speechless Friday when the talk show host pulled out an oversized check from the Web site Tonic.Com, a digital media company.

DeGeneres says she admires McMillen for challenging Itawamba County School District rules that would prevent her from escorting her girlfriend to the prom. The school district canceled the April 2 prom after McMillen's request.

A hearing is scheduled Monday in federal court in Aberdeen on American Civil Liberties Union efforts to force the district to hold the prom.

Caption: In this photo released by Warner Bros, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres sits down with Constance McMillen, left, an 18-year old student from Fulton, Miss, whose prom was canceled after she asked to bring a same-sex date. This episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airs on Friday, March 19, 2010. Warner Bros., Michael Rozman / AP Photo

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