UNR Student Wins $100K Scholarship in Dr. Pepper Challenge
A University of Nevada student competed her heart out on Saturday, all for a shot at a $100,000 scholarship.
Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez was one of the thousands who submitted a web video to Dr. Pepper, explaining why she deserved to win the college tuition as part of the season-long Dr. Pepper Million Dollar Tuition Giveaway.
In her video, the proud Wolf Pack freshman talked about her love for the University of Nevada by her willingness to wait for three hours to get tickets to this year's homecoming football game.
Ivon was one of the entries picked as one of the five finalists, and then as one of the final two students to compete for the $100,000 grand prize.
Dr. Pepper flew her out to Atlanta for the SEC Championship to compete with a student from Alabama in the Tuition Throw.
They both had 30 seconds to throw as many footballs as possible into an oversized Dr. Pepper can. Whoever completed the most throws wins.
Padilla-Rodriguez took home the cash as she completed 13 passes, compared to Katelyn's 10. Katelyn did not go home empty-handed. She got the runner-up prize of $23,000.
We got the opportunity to talk to Ivon right after she competed, and she was very appreciative of the opportunity.
"Dr. Pepper helped me so much," she said. "Now, I can be able to achieve my dreams because of Dr. Pepper."
Ivon also told Channel 2 News that in the week leading up to the competition, she enlisted the help of Wolf Pack Quarterback Cody Fajardo.
He talked about the encounter with Ivon in a post-game interview after the Pack beat the Idaho Vandals 56-3 on Saturday.
"She's in my theatre class," Fajardo said. "She sits right next to me. She's like, 'you're Cody, right? The quarterback?' I was like, 'uh, yeah.' She's like, 'I really don't know how to throw a ball.' I was like, 'you know, I'll do the best I can.' So, we went out there on Monday at Mackay Stadium and I gave her just little pointers and tips. Apparently, she took them a long way and won the whole thing."
Ivon plans to use the money to pursue her majors in English and History. After graduating, she wants to attend law school, and become a lawyer. She says she hope to one day be a federal judge and ultimately, a Supreme Court Justice.