Jarrius Adams is a sophomore at the University of Mississippi. The African American student, who is majoring in public policy and leadership, will no longer have to worry about financing his higher education.
Earlier this month at halftime of the Big 10 Championship Football Game, Adams won the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway Football Throw-Off competition. Adams threw 11 footballs, 15 yards into a target during the 30-second contest beating his rival and winning the $100,000 scholarship prize.
To enter the contest, Adams had to write a 350-word essay on how they would use their education to change the world. Semi-finalists were chosen to record a one-minute video that were posted online. Adams’ video can be seen below.
Company officials picked 16 finalists who competed in preliminary throw-offs. Adams progressed through the preliminary rounds and emerged the winner in the finals.