Samantha Garvey: Homeless Semifinalist In Intel Science Competition
Samantha Garvey is a high school student who became a semifinalist in the Intel Science Competition. As if that weren’t impressive enough, she and her family live in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn.
Ellen admired Samantha so much for her ambition that she invited her onto the show.
Samantha Garvey: Being Homeless Is Scary
Samantha said that “being homeless was really scary.” The experience left her “feeling like your family is being torn apart and no one cares.”
“It’s difficult being homeless,” Samantha said. “It’s really stressful. We’ve had to go to thrift stores to buy our clothes. And you’re not worrying about what you’re going to be doing the next day. You’re worrying about where you’re going to live.”
Samantha Garvey: Finding Hope
Despite these hardships, Samantha said science has helped give her hope.
“If you keep your head up and you keep on moving forward, things will get better,” she said.
On top of that, she said she owes a lot of her success to the love and support of her family.
“Everyone around me has always been really amazing,” she said. “They push me. They tell me to keep my head up.”
Ellen: Samantha Garvey’s Little Brother
Samantha laughed when she told Ellen about her little brother’s reaction to all of the attention she and her family were getting.
She recalled him saying to her, “You told everyone that we’re homeless? That’s it. I’m not talking to you anymore!”
Later, after all of the media stories portrayed Samantha and her family as inspirations, her brother changed his mind.
She remembered he said to her, “You know what Sam, I’m kind of proud to be homeless.”
Ellen Samantha Garvey Giveaway
Ellen wasn’t about to let Samantha leave the show empty handed. After commending the young lady for her drive and ambition, she gave her several gifts to help her and her family out.
The first was a $1,000 gift card for Whole Foods. The second was a $5,000 gift card for JC Penney.
The third and most amazing gift was a $50,000 scholarship from AT&T for whatever university Samantha decides to go to.