Freshman Mohamed Adam Wins $100K in Dr Pepper Tuition Toss

Stony Brook University freshman Mohamed Adam won big in Las Vegas on December 1, not by throwing dice, but by throwing footballs.

Adam, 18, was selected to participate in the Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway at halftime of the Pac-12 Championship Game between Washington and Oregon at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Adam had 30 seconds to toss as many footballs into a large bin as possible, and displayed uncanny accuracy in defeating his opponent from the University of Florida. Adam, who is studying political science at Stony Brook, won $100K to spend on his education.

“It was very nerve-wracking before the game,” Adam said to Newsday. “But I feel very grateful and very blessed to have won this scholarship.”

Adam — who plans on using the money for law school — and all of the other participants entered the contest by uploading a video explaining their career goals and why they needed tuition assistance. Dr Pepper has awarded more than $17.5M in tuition over the past 30 years in the popular halftime attraction.

“We are thrilled that Mohamed was the recipient of the $100,000 prize at last night’s tuition giveaway event,” said Stony Brook Vice President for Student Affairs Rick Gatteau. “This funding will be instrumental in supporting his educational endeavors. He’s not only an outstanding Stony Brook Seawolf, but clearly has a very accurate throwing arm.”

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