SPC student to compete in Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

SPC student to compete in Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

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LEVELLAND, Texas -

South Plains College student Bryce McWhirter of Plains will represent the college in the 2018 Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway. He will compete for a $100,000 scholarship at the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game in the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 1.

“I love Dr. Pepper!” he said. “I am so excited to be among the final 20 contestants.”

In each contest, four contestants will compete in a football toss into a 9 foot Dr. Pepper can. A preliminary round will be completed to name the finalists for the championship games. All of the contestants who do not advance in the preliminary round will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Dr. Pepper also will conduct the contest at the Big Ten Championship Game at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 1; the SEC Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Dec. 1; the PAC-12 Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Nov. 30; and the Big 12 Championship Game at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Dec. 1.

To become eligible for the competition, McWhirter was required to submit a 60-second video in which he talked about his future academic plans and how the scholarship would assist him in achieving his goals. He also had to create a profile on the Dr. Pepper website.

McWhirter said his primary reason for applying for the scholarship was to help his parents, Darinda and Braden, pay for college.

“In my family, we are all pretty close in age,” he said. “I have a brother at Texas Tech University and I’m finishing up at South Plains College. My younger brother Brea also attends SPC. My little sister plans to attend Baylor.”

McWhirter credits his successful video to his experiences on his own YouTube channel and his friends.

“I used to have a channel which I filled with silly videos all the time,” he said. “Now, with the help of Meredith Satterwhite and Ashley Letcher, we were able to put together my video for Dr. Pepper.”

To prepare for the contest, McWhirter has enlisted the assistance of his family. His father purchased footballs and constructed a replica 9 foot soda can. McWhirter said his grandmother is conducting daily prayers for his success. He also practices for one to two hours daily with his brother Brea who will accompany him to North Carolina.

McWhirter is a sophomore Computer Science major. He will complete his studies at SPC in December 2018, and then transfer to Baylor University in spring 2019.

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