UTPA Student Wins $100,000 Tuition


POSTED: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 5:13pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 9:13am

This past weekend, Josiah Borden went on national TV and won $100,000 for tuition costs.  

"It was a numb feeling. I don't know happened," Borden said about the moment after the contest ended. "At one moment it hit and I realized I won it was a shock." 

Borden is a nursing student. He says he wants to open a pediatric clinic in low-income areas like parts of the Valley. 

On the big day, he had 30 seconds to toss as many footballs as he can through the opening from 15 feet. 

Josiah practiced for the big event with a target his grandfather built using the exact dimensions sent from Dr. Pepper. 

He did right here in the courtyard of his dorm, and when he missed, all his neighbors would know about it, because the board lets out a thunderous clank.  

"I just practiced over and over, and my friends would just run and get the footballs and they'd send it back it on the table so I could just keep throwing," Borden said. 

Eventually, he found the winning technique to use. And it's not how you normally throw a football. 

"It takes time just to come back here and throw it I tried under hand, really hated it," he said. "It would be a chest pass kind of like a basketball shot, it worked best for me." 


Whatever portion of the money is left after he's done with school, can be his after taxes.  

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