Beckley native wins $100,000 scholarship in Dr. Pepper tuition giveaway contest


UPDATE: 12/14/19 @ 5:30 p.m. During the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday Dec. 7 Beckley Native Tyler Gordon competed in the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway during halftime. Gordon said he always watched the competition and this year decided to apply for a chance to win the big prize of $100,000.

Gordon said after throwing football for 30 seconds he could not believe he won.

“My heart sank. I mean I couldn’t believe it honestly,” Gordon said. “I barely had words. It was probably the most excited I had ever been.”

Gordon said he sank 20 football into the giant Dr. Pepper can. He is finishing up his last semester of Law School at WVU and looks forward to using his degree to help West Virginia.

“So I’m hoping to one day get into the United States attorneys office,” Gordon said. “I have a job right out of Law School at Thomas Combs and Spann, it’s a firm in Charleston I’m excited about working there but one day I hope to end up in the U.S. Attorneys office and hopefully combat the opioid epidemic.”

Gordon said he loves that this competition brought some light to Southern West Virginia.

“I want to thank honestly the state of West Virginia because we have received so much support and we feel like they’ve been carrying us throughout this whole process,” Gordon said. “So it’s been awesome to kind of be able to represent our state to bring some positivity to it.”

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WVNS) – Something extraordinary happened to a college student from Raleigh County during Saturday night’s Ohio State vs. Wisconsin Big Ten Championship game.

WVU law student and Independence High School graduate Tyler Gordon won a $100,000 scholarship from Dr. Pepper after competing in a halftime show tuition giveaway contest.

He was one of four people trying to throw the most footballs through an oversized Dr. Pepper can in 30 seconds…and won! He thanked his family and God when receiving his prize.

Finalists for the contest were chosen based on video submissions explaining why the tuition money would be important to them.

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