Score $100K Toward College by Winning the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway

a student in a contest throws a football
Kyle Degman throws footballs, on his way to winning the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway at the Pac-12 Championship Game in 2016. Photo courtesy of Dr. Pepper

Do you have a goal to change the world but need some money to fund it? What about a good throwing arm?

Well, this might just be what the doctor ordered.

Dr Pepper will award five grand prizes of $100,000, five runner-up prizes of $25,000 and 10 consolation prizes of $2,500 as part of its annual collegiate giveaway.

The decade old scholarship has become a college football tradition, and winning it takes a combination of brains and brawn.

To take home one of the 20 prizes, all you have to do is share that world-altering goal in a video, get selected as a finalist and then compete against another finalist during a conference championship game halftime to see who can throw the most footballs into a giant Dr Pepper can in 30 seconds.


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Who Can Enter the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway?

You must be 18 to 24 years old by Nov. 30, 2018, and a legal resident of the United States to enter the giveaway.

If you’re not enrolled in an accredited college or school yet, no problem. The funds will be applied to your tuition once you enroll.

The finalist on-field showdown has to be fair, so applicants cannot be active NCAA athletes or have played professional or semiprofessional sports.

How to Submit an Entry for a Dr Pepper Scholarship

You’ll need to jump through some hoops before you start perfecting your pass. First, register an account with the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway.

Then, remember that goal we talked about?

Well, you’ll have 50 characters to tell the judges what it is and then another 350 characters to elaborate on it.

No pressure, amirite?

Fortunately, the next step is a 60-second video where you can let your personality shine and really woo them.

The video should be on topic, expand on your academic and professional goals and tell how winning the tuition giveaway will make an impact on your life, your community and the world.

Including a Dr Pepper product in the video and demonstrating creativity, passion and good presentation quality will go a long way with the judges.

A quick internet search will turn up the videos of past finalists so you can size up the competition.

Check out the official rules for all nitty gritty deets before you get rolling.

How to Win the $100K Dr Pepper Prize

We can’t help you land this one. If your video gets selected, you still have to battle it out on the field.

There’s debate about whether an overhand throw or a chest pass is better. Re-watch old halftime videos and you’ll see a combination of determination, luck and skill.

One thing is for sure: You need to practice.

The good news?

If you make it as a finalist, you get an all-expense-paid trip for you and a guest to one of the five conference championship games, and you’ll leave with at least a consolation prize.

The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Oct. 17, 2018, so start peppering up those videos right now.

Winners will be notified by email.

If you’re looking for even more scholarships to apply for, be sure to check out our list of 100 scholarships that will help you pay for college

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s pretty good at Skee-Ball and air hockey.