Alabama may have won the conference championship, but it was a University of Georgia student who left the Georgia Dome with $100,000 in tuition on Saturday.
Jaspal Mahal represented UGA at halftime of the SEC Championship while competing in the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway at halftime. Mahal is a second-year health promotion major from Johns Creek, Georgia.
Mahal – originally from Greeneville, Tennessee but moved to Johns Creek, Georgia in 2013 – is a 2015 graduate from Chattahoochee High School.
Mahal found out about the opportunity to throw as many footballs as possible into a giant Dr. Pepper can while he was scrolling through his Facebook feed when he came across a sponsored ad promoting the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway. The idea of $100k and no student debt was enough incentive for him to proceed with the application process.
Mahal said he was notified that he had won a chance to compete about a month ago while he was apartment shopping. While you were at home stuffing your face with turkey over Thanksgiving break, Mahal was putting in blood, sweat and tears practicing in hopes of bringing home $100,000
“My dad and I bought 15 balls and a bucket, tied a hula-hoop to a tennis court fence and just worked on my form for an hour and a half each day,” Mahal said. “When I came back to UGA after break, my roommates and I did the same.”
His dedication and countless hours spent practicing paid off, and now Mahal is in a situation all college students dream of being in. He is debt free.
“The feeling was totally surreal,” Mahal said. “I don’t have to worry about anything now as long as I do well in school and I can now do things like study abroad without worrying about money.”
Mahal is hoping to use this opportunity to travel abroad in Europe.
Dawgs on top.