Superstar Nicki Minaj surprised more than 400 students Thursday and acted as the "Principal for the Day" at Collins Academy High School in Chicago.
Minaj's visit is one of many rewards for the students and teachers who won the Get MotivatED Challenge - a six-week competition to improve daily attendance rates nationwide, offered to 25 schools in 11 cities.
The hip-hop singer presented three students each with $10,000 college scholarships from Comcast, helped teach a freshman English class, and joined MTV's Sway Calloway in an all-school assembly to celebrate accomplishments of the students and teachers.
Minaj said, "I am a young, female mogul before I am an artist. As a businesswoman, there isn't a single day where I don't use my education or acquire new knowledge to ensure my success. Regardless of where you are today, with education you can take yourself where you want to be."