El Paso student named finalist in $100,000 Dr. Pepper scholarship contest

El Paso News

An El Paso student is among four finalists in the running for a $100,000 Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway scholarship contest.

Jordan Alarcon, a 2017 Montwood High School graduate, will be in Indianapolis on Friday to participate in a preliminary throwing contest at the Big 10 College Football Championship Game.

According to a news release, the two finalists who throw the most footballs into a giant Dr. Pepper hole in 30 seconds will compete again during halftime at the game on Dec. 1.

The winner will receive $100,000 in tuition.

Alarcon, who currently studies at UTEP, says she would use the money to transfer to a Top 5 communication school and become the first woman in her family to get a college degree.

“Because of their sacrifices, they have raised the standard from an elementary education to a high school education to now my dream and for any future dreams that may follow,” Alarcon said of the women in her family.

The 20-year-old plans to earn her degree in public relations, a field she says is dominated by women but run by men.

“I will not tone down my identity as a young Hispanic woman,” Alarcon said. ” I want women to know that in any field, success is not a trade-off for your femininity.”

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