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