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Will Ferrell Surprises Ridgefield Native With $100K Scholarship On 'Today'

Samantha Watts of Ridgefield is awarded a $100,000 college scholarship on the 'Today' show by Hota Kotb and Will Farrell.
Samantha Watts of Ridgefield is awarded a $100,000 college scholarship on the 'Today' show by Hota Kotb and Will Farrell. Photo Credit: 'Today' show screenshot

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Ridgefield native Samantha Watts was surprised by comedy legend Will Ferrell with a $100,000 scholarship on the Today Show Tuesday.

Watts, who is studying Speech Language Pathology at Ithaca College, was one of nearly 2,000 people who applied for the contest.

Watts told the Today Show she needed the money for graduate school after her families finances took a hit while her father battled esophageal cancer.

When host Hoda Kotb told Watts she had won the scholarship, Watts burst into tears.

Ferrell then came out of the crowd to present Watts with a giant check.

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