UPDATE: Lesbian Itawamba student presented with $30K scholarship

By The Assocated Press

JACKSON — The lesbian high school student embroiled in a legal flap over her school’s prom policy was presented with a $30,000 scholarship on Friday when she appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

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

She was also offered an internship with the company Tonic.com in New York.

DeGeneres said she admired McMillen for challenging the Itawamba County School District rules that would prevent her from escorting her girlfriend to the prom. The school district canceled the April 2 prom in response to McMillen’s requests.

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

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