Student in National Scholarship Competition During Big 10 Football Game

December 02, 2011


Antron McCullough, a 23-year-old business administration student, is competing for $100,000 in scholarship money during the upcoming Big 10 Championship Game between Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin as part of the Dr. Pepper Million Dollar Tuition Giveaway.

The game will be televised at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 3, on Fox Sports. During the halftime segment, MCullough will face off against another college student, Kaitlyn Althouse of York, PA, to see which of the two can throw more footballs into a replica of an oversized Dr. Pepper can in 30 seconds. They will be standing five yards away. McCullough and Althouse beat other semi-finalists in a similar competition held Friday to qualify for the Saturday halftime, final round. The grand prize is $100,000; the runner up will receive $23,000 in college scholarship money from Dr. Pepper.

McCullough and his competitors entered this competition initially by submitting videos to the beverage maker in which they explained why they deserved the chance to compete for tuition dollars. McCullough explained that he spent much of his youth in foster care, and continues to advocate for young people. He already earned an associate degree at Santa Fe College, a two-year public college in Gainesville that is a partner institution with Saint Leo University. Graduates from Santa Fe can transfer with ease to Saint Leo’s regional education center in Gainesville to complete their bachelor’s degree.