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December 04, 2017 11:19 AM

USD Student, Bus Crash Survivor Wins Scholarship

A University of South Dakota student who survived of a deadly bus crash near Cottonwood, Minnesota, won a big scholarship over the weekend.

Sawyer Stevens earned a $100,000 scholarship during halftime by winning the Dr. Pepper 30-second showdown at Saturday night's Big Ten Championship football game.  He was able to throw more footballs into a giant pop can than his opponent.

It’s a moment that would have seemed physically impossible nine years ago.  He was seriously hurt in the 2008 bus crash which killed four other children, including Sawyer’s older brother, Reed.

“Obviously when you lose a sibling that’s something that stays with you,” Sawyer said in a recent interview with WCCO.

In his submission video for the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway, Sawyer talked about the impact doctors had on his recovery. 

“I want to help others in the same way that doctors helped me in my time of need,” Sawyer said.

He plans to use the money to attend medical school after he graduates from USD.  

Previous coverage on Cottonwood crash:
Names Released In Deadly Bus Accident 
A Journey Of Hope & Healing

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