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UC Student Wins Dr. Pepper Scholarship


Williamsburg, KY - University of the Cumberlands (UC) freshman Kyla Edmonson (Walton, KY) decided to take her father’s advice and apply for a scholarship opportunity through Dr. Pepper; an opportunity that is attempted by thousands of other college students as well.

“Who am I to win a pop competition?” Edmonson asked herself.

As it turned out, Edmonson was exactly one of five students to be chosen to compete in Dr. Pepper’s $1 million scholarship giveaway during the 2011 SEC Championship.

The application process required Edmonson and other applicants to submit a one-minute video, in September, stating their plans after graduation and how a scholarship from Dr. Pepper would benefit the furthering of their education.

In November, Edmonson received a phone call from Dr. Pepper informing her that she had not only won a $2,500 scholarship, but also had the opportunity to compete against four other students to win $100,000 in additional scholarships at the SEC Championship.

Edmonson’s entire trip to Atlanta for the championship, where she traveled with her stepmother and stayed at the CNN Tower’s Omni Hotel, was paid in full by Dr. Pepper.

“When we arrived at the airport in Atlanta,” Edmonson stated, “we saw a woman holding a sign with my name on it…how cool is that?”

Throughout the weekend, Edmonson was able to participate in the SEC pre-game parties where all contestants were recognized before hundreds in attendance.

At the end of the day, while Edmonson was not able to win the grand prize, she left Atlanta with $7,500 in scholarships and memories that she will cherish for a lifetime.

Edmonson is a music education major at UC and hopes one day to use her talents to help others. “I chose University of the Cumberlands as my home away from home because as soon as I walked onto the campus, I immediately felt welcome,” said Edmonson. “I knew this is where God wanted me to go because I had been praying about it for a long time, and when I met my future professors, I knew they really cared. UC is for sure where I am supposed to be, and I know I will be able to achieve my dream of teaching underprivileged children about the gift of music and singing one day after I graduate!”

“I am not at all sad that I didn’t win [the grand prize], because really, I did win,” Edmonson said. “I got $7,500 and a free trip to Atlanta. I also made amazing friends and became a member of the Dr. Pepper family. I’d say that’s one heck of a win in my book!”

Located in Williamsburg, KY., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master's degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.