Texas A&M University student from San Antonio wins $100,000 in tuition during football toss competition

Raphael Idrogo won football toss competition during halftime at Pac-12 Championship game Saturday

Texas A&M University student wins $100,000 in tuition from Dr. Pepper. (Dr. Pepper)

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio native and Texas A&M University student won $100,000 in tuition from Dr. Pepper this past weekend at the Pac-12 Conference Championship game.

Raphael Idrogo, who attends Texas A&M University, was the winning contestant during the Pac-12 Championship Game’s halftime competition by throwing the most footballs under 30 seconds into a giant Dr. Pepper can.

Idrogo was awarded the tuition money from Dr. Pepper’s 14th annual Tuition Giveaway program, according to a release.

Dr. Pepper awarded four Texas students tuition money during the tuition giveaway halftime experience.

Winners were awarded $100,000, and $20,000 went to each runner-up.

Baylor student Reagan Whitaker was awarded the $100,000 prize during the SEC Championship Game, and Althea M. from Baylor also took home a runner-up award during the ACC Championship Game.

Students were chosen to participate in the event by entering the competition through TikTok by posting why they thought they should have a chance to win the tuition money.

“Participating in the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway has been a life-changing opportunity,” Idrogo said. “This tuition will help me, and my fellow incredible winners achieve our academic dreams.”

Dr. Pepper’s Tuition Giveaway is a program devoted to helping fund students’ education goals.

The initiative has provided over $13 million in tuition to deserving students across the country since 2008, according to a release.

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