Voting on video could help land Southridge High grad $100,000 scholarship

By Ty Beaver, Tri-City HeraldDecember 3, 2012 

Wendy Hardy first watched her daughter Megan's video for a national tuition giveaway in September.

"After I saw what she had to say, I knew she was going to win," she said.

And it turns out, Megan's mother was right.

The Dr Pepper Tuition Giveaway that Megan is competing in is a promotion for college students to win scholarship money from the soft drink maker each fall.

Megan's father, Jerry Hardy, suggested his daughter, a 2012 graduate of Kennewick's Southridge High School, enter as a way to pay for her education at Washington State University at Pullman.

Beginning today, Megan will be one of 10 students vying for five spots to attend a college football bowl game this winter for a chance to win a $100,000 college scholarship in a football-throwing contest.

It'll be up to people voting online for Megan's video to determine whether she ends up at the game. She's already won a $2,500 scholarship by making it to this stage, and she and her family said they're grateful for the help, but don't deny the top prize would go a long way.

Students who submitted videos for the contest detailed what they're studying and the goals they wanted to meet with their education. They also talked about how much winning a scholarship would affect them and made sure to throw some attention toward Dr Pepper for the opportunity.

Megan is studying elementary education at WSU. Her mother said her daughter enjoys children and became interested in a teaching career after working in a grade-school classroom during her senior year at Southridge High.

"I want to be involved in their lives and possibly be a positive influence,"she said, adding she would also like to teach abroad.

A $4,000 scholarship from WSU is helping pay for some of her college along with some financial help from her parents.

"Other than that, I'm just working and taking out loans," she said.

According to details sent out by the competition's promoters, people can vote once per day for the videos they like at as well as at the competition's dedicated Facebook page.

Additionally, people can give a bonus vote once a day by tweeting the hashtag #TuitionForMegan through their Twitter account. Voting runs through Dec. 17 and it's not known which bowl game Megan would get to attend if she's selected.

However, if she is selected, her family doesn't plan to let her go without getting a little training first.

"I have a lot of guy cousins, so they said if I get chosen, we're going to practice," Megan said, laughing.

-- Ty Beaver: 582-1402;

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