Neb. officer receives $75K on ‘Ellen’ to finish her college degree

A Nebraska officer will be able to fulfill her dream of finishing her college education after appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show


By Police1 Staff

LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska officer will be able to fulfill her dream of finishing her college education after appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Officer Chassidy Jackson-Goodwin couldn’t contain her excitement after she received a $75,000 check from the TV host. The officer’s daughter, Jaida Jackson, initially wrote to the show to share her mother’s story.

Jackson-Goodwin raised Jaida as a single parent and took out $17,000 in loans so her daughter could attend college. The officer never got to complete her own bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

After reading the letter, a staffer offered the officer and her daughter free tickets to the show.

At the show, Degeneres called the officer and her daughter on stage to participate in a game with actress Melissa McCarthy. Afterward, Degeneres surprised the officer with the check. 

Jackson-Goodwin said she couldn’t believe what happened.

"It has just been, like, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy," Jackson-Goodwin said.

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