A Warner Robins High School graduate is competing for a chance to win a $100,000 scholarship.
If she makes it to the finals, Ernesqueshia “Q” Parker will be doing so on television during the SEC championship game Saturday afternoon between LSU and the University of Georgia.
The 22-year-old, who is studying psychology at Ottawa University online, said she has been practicing every day for the big chance. If she prevails, she’ll win a $100,000 scholarship from Dr Pepper.
Parker will fly with her boyfriend from Macon to Atlanta on Thursday to be treated to dinner and a three-night hotel stay.A preliminary competition will take place Friday to see which two of five finalists compete for the top prize.
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The goal is to get as many balls as possible into a large Dr Pepper can, with a 2-foot opening, in 30 seconds. She’ll be throwing from 5 yards away.
The finalists were selected by a group at Dr Pepper based on three criteria: the inclusion of Dr Pepper, football and the impact the tuition would have on their lives.
Parker is confident she can become one of the two finalists to end up on national television and end up with at least $25,000, which the runner-up takes away.
Parker, the mother of 6-month-old Sanaa Lowe, said she almost didn’t apply.
“I never apply to anything, but a scholarship is a scholarship,” she said of her entry, which was done on her webcam. If she wins, Parker said she would use some of the money to pay off student loans and for future studies.
If Parker makes it past the preliminary rounds, her throws will be at halftime of the game, which starts at 4 p.m.
Parker wants to become a psychologist to help abused and neglected children. She is a single parent, works full time and is a full-time student.
Parker’s entry video can be viewed at http://dpsg.jobs/s7Vzqn.