"Ellen" Visit Pays Off for Violin Prodigy

Philly kid gets a big jump on his college savings, courtesy of Ellen

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009  |  Updated 1:05 PM PDT
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Justus Talks About Kutcher

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Check out the very humble, very talented Philly violinist, Justus Rivera, on "Ellen" this Monday, Sept. 21.

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Justus Gets $10,000 Surprise

The self-taught violin prodigy wants to go to college so Ellen DeGeneres and the Sara Lee company kicked in a big chunk of change.

Justus Rivera on "Ellen"

Watch the 13-year-old North Philly native show the world his talent on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
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An appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday proved plentiful for 13-year-old violinist Justus Rivera.

The prodigy, discovered by Ashton Kutcher on the corner of 18th and Walnut on Sept. 5, walked away from the show $10,000 richer after being presented with scholarship money from both Ellen DeGeneres and the Sara Lee Company. Ellen also hooked the North Philly teen up with Rock Band for Wii.

Rivera wowed the audience and the talk show host with his gracious and humble demeanor -- not to mention his sweet dance moves and his amazing talent.

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