Shippensburg University senior Trent Bauer arrived at the “Ellen Show” in New York City as seemingly another audience member.
He left with $10,000.
Bauer, who is originally from western Pennsylvania, was honored during the show that aired Monday.
His segment started with an innocuous gag of “White Men Can Dance ... with tWitch,” in which he was the last featured dancer with DeGeneres’ DJ on the talk show. The host called him out due to his height — he’s 6-foot-10 — before surprising him by asking him to sit with her on the stage.
Unbeknownst to Bauer, his friend had sent a letter to DeGeneres about Bauer’s work on campus in Shippensburg. Bauer said he noticed a lack of resources at SU for the LGBT community and has been working with the university to create a resource center.
Then, through a partnership with Cheerio’s in its “One Million Acts of Good” campaign, DeGeneres awarded Bauer with $10,000 to help pay for his education.
In the interview, Bauer said he is in the process of applying for the Peace Corps, but depending on how the resource center does, he may become involved in that instead.