Where Are They Now? A Look at Past Dr Pepper Tuition Winners
Sep 30, 2016

Since 2008, Dr Pepper has awarded more than $8 million in tuition to deserving students through the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway. Every year, four triumphant students each win a $100,000 tuition grand prize by tossing the winning number of footballs into a large Dr Pepper can target from five yards out, but the emotion and relief that come with knowing you’ve put a major dent in, if not eliminated, your college bills marks only the beginning of a remarkable journey. Here’s a look at five of our past winners and what they’ve accomplished since taking home the big reward!

Garrett Booker
Plain and simple, Garrett Booker’s passion is people. Whether he’s spending time volunteering at local nonprofits, like Overtown Youth Center and Breakthrough Miami, inspiring young artists to pursue careers in creative fields, or teaching friends how to budget and invest their hard-earned finances, Garrett lives to serve.
 
After receiving the scholarship from Dr Pepper in 2012, the Memphis native graduated from Barry University with a degree in sports marketing. He now works full-time as a sales rep for luxury lifestyle brand Del Toro Shoes and hopes to eventually move to San Francisco to offer his online platform Embark & Voyage, a portal designed to inspire, educate and connect young entrepreneurs.
 
Garrett, 23, also enjoys encouraging his friends, family, coworkers and customers with the message “Keep going.”
 
“That’s something our VP at Del Toro tells us,” explains Garrett. “It’s simple, but it makes sense—and sometimes, that’s all people need to hear.”
 
 
Navid Radfar

If you spend any amount of time talking with Navid Radfar, you’ll quickly realize his mission is to meet people’s needs. Expecting to receive his master’s from Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Navid is preparing to attend medical school, where he’ll study to become a neurosurgeon and perform medical research.
 
Since winning the Tuition Giveaway in 2012, Navid, 23, has spent almost a combined 300 hours shadowing a neurosurgeon and interning at a substance abuse clinic. He’s also worked the sales floor at Best Buy during graduate school, a position Navid says he enjoys because, as with medicine, he can diagnose and fulfill customers’ wishes. In addition to these roles, he served as the vice president of student services at The College of New Jersey during his undergraduate studies.
 
During his time as vice president, Navid identified a variety of unmet needs among the student body, such as library and dining hall hours unconducive to students’ schedules. After discovering these issues, Navid met with administrators and his committee to make real changes.
 
“The administrators decided to keep the library open 24 hours a day and then put those hours in the campus budget,” explains Navid. “Our student advocacy group even turned into a committee the year after I graduated, and it’s humbling to think I was part of that change. My goal was to empower members of student government, develop their leadership abilities and contribute to the campus community. ”
 
 
Molly Brown
Hoping to improve children’s lives as a pediatric nurse, Molly Brown loves caring for and empowering kids. She plans to graduate from Walsh University this December as a nursing major.
 
Since winning scholarship money from Dr Pepper, Molly, 22, says the tuition has afforded her more opportunities to expand her nursing studies. Last summer she used the money to pay for a medical trip to the East African country of Tanzania.
 
“The trip was pretty hands-on,” explains Molly. “The doctors and nurses there had the students perform the shots and help deliver babies. I even got to see doctors perform a C-section!”
 
In addition to her two-week trip to Africa, Molly has worked at Alliance Hospital for two years as an intern and nurse’s aide in the progressive care unit. After graduation this winter, Molly plans to work as a pediatric nurse in Akron, Ohio, caring specifically for children with diabetes.
 
Nikki Boon
Nikki Boon once said she wanted to “change the world through music.” Several years later, she’s living out that ambition as tour manager for emerging country artist Kane Brown. Nikki says her primary responsibilities include extensive scheduling and booking, overseeing daily transportation and planning fun activities to keep everyone refreshed and relaxed.
 
“It’s a blast traveling the country,” explains Nikki, 26. “I think pretty soon I will have visited every state except for Alaska and Hawaii. It’s the most fun thing ever!”
 
Nikki says the Dr Pepper tuition money made her career possible by giving her the opportunity to earn a degree in music business from Middle Tennessee State University and later move to Nashville.
 
“I’m super thankful to Dr Pepper for everything,” says Nikki. “I still watch the Tuition Giveaway every year. I can’t imagine how different my life would be without it.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
Claudia Delgadillo
As a prelaw student seeking to attend law school in the near future, Claudia Delgadillo understands the value of a good education. A political science major and recent Austin Peay State University (APSU) graduate, Claudia’s goal is to improve education programs across the nation as either a Congresswoman or Senator.
 
“I want to provide people with the resources to receive an education, which is what Dr Pepper did for me,” explains Claudia, 23.
 
As president of the Pre-Law Society at APSU, Claudia has helped her peers gear up for law school by facilitating LSAT prep work and inviting judges and school alumni to speak at club meetings. During her time at APSU, she also performed extensive volunteer work and served as the secretary of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political honor society.
 
Claudia will complete a political internship in D.C. this fall, bringing her one step closer to realizing her dream of empowering Americans all over the country.
 
 
The Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway has kicked off again for 2017! Contestants can submit their entries through Oct. 17.  
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