Denzel Washington looks out for young generations of actors in need. “This is Us” star Susan Kelechi Watson appeared on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” Tuesday and told them about the amazing gift she received from Washington when she was starting out in acting.

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Watson, 36, explained that she had been studying Fine Arts at Howard University and had the opportunity to go to the prestigious University of Oxford in England to study Shakespeare. But she says she and some of her fellow students didn’t have the money to take the trip.

A friend of Watson’s reached out to actress Phylicia Rashad who organized with Washington to pay the roughly $5,000 per person for the students to go to Oxford.

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“We went and it changed all of our lives,” Watson said.

The actress added that years later she met Washington. “I said, ‘Excuse me, you paid for my scholarship,’” Watson recalled. “He said, ‘Yeah, you’re welcome.’”