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Gal Gadot Surprised a College Student With a “Wonder Woman” Scholarship

Gal Gadot is putting her superhero persona to good use in the real world. Appearing at The Hollywood Reporter‘s 2017 Women in Entertainment breakfast at Milk Studios in LA, the Justice League star presented a Wonder Woman scholarship on behalf of Warner Bros.


“I’ve had the privilege of portraying a superhero onscreen, but the young women here today are the real superheroes,” she said in her speech. “They’ve overcome so many challenges in their lives, and they’re driven to do more. They’re the true leaders of tomorrow.”

The first-time scholarship — which provides a four-year full ride to Loyola Marymount University — was presented to a student named Carla, who started at the school just a few weeks ago.

“She’s strong-minded, opinionated, and gutsy. She wants to be a screenwriter, and she’s already impressed everyone who knows her — her fellow mentees, her professors, and everyone in this room who’s met her,” Gadot said of the recipient, per THR. “She won’t be able to continue at LMU without this funding. Similar to many other great young women in this program, her education is hanging by a thread.”

Carla, for her part, was both thankful and surprised, though she admitted she’d had her suspicions, saying, “I knew something was up! Y’all are sneaky.”

After thanking her parents and acknowledging how much work is still ahead of her, Carla ended with a Frida Kahlo quote: “Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly?” She added that she was lucky to be “told from a young age that I have wings.”

Justin Timberlake also appeared at the event, showing up to announce scholarships for The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment mentorship program and three additional full scholarships to Loyola Marymount University.

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(Photos via Jesse Grant/Getty)

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Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*