UT student wins $100,000 in Dr. Pepper Challenge

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Rachel Burns, a sophomore at The University of Toledo, is the winner of $100,000 in the Dr. Pepper Challenge!

Rachel competed in the tuition giveaway at AT&T Stadium in Texas Saturday afternoon.

Rachel, who is studying for a career in the pharmaceutical industry, was selected during a nationwide search because of her audition video, which showcases her optimism and dedication while living with cystic fibrosis.

"I was told when I first started off that I wasn't going to live past 18," said Rachel, who is now 20 years old.

Several years ago, Rachel was granted a wish through The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Rachel says she wants to succeed in medicine to help others like her and to give back to groups like Make-A-Wish.

"I want to give a Make-A-Wish kid a wish every year out of my own pocket," says Rachel. "I want to be able to write a check and make someone's life that much better."

Rachel has been practicing at the UT Fetterman Training Center for the contest.

She beat two out of the four competitors in the preliminary round Friday, and went head-to-head during halftime of the Oklahoma/TCU Big 12 Championship game.

The runner up gets $25,000. All of the students get a $2,500 scholarship, plus a free trip to the game.

This Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway is one of five that will take place at college football championship games this weekend. $100,000 winners will be decided at all five games.