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Coach Cal pays tuition for two UK students

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

From Coach John Calipari's Facebook page

From Coach John Calipari's Facebook page

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -

The fans packed into Rupp Arena for the annual Blue and White Scrimmage. While the students came to catch the basketball cats in action, they also were holding out hope for a unique scholarship opportunity.

Coach Cal decided he wanted to provide two UK students with a scholarship opportunity for spring semester.

Students needed to sign in with their college ID and be present to win. Organizers say they randomly selected two names out of the 500 students who showed up to the scrimmage.

"I hope I win. It'd be really awesome. Free money is always good," says UK freshman, Rachel Hudson, a freshman.

"Oh it would be a ton. I don't have many scholarships. I've got a lot of student loans. That would really mean a lot. It would go a long way," says Reese Hudson, a senior.

The odds to win were 250 to 1 to win Coach Cal's scholarship.

The winners names were announced just before the game ended, Josh Lawson and Amanda Dowell.

Lawson is a senior mechanical engineer student and Dowell is a freshman biology major.

"It means I don't have to take out loans. It's a pretty big deal. It gives me the opportunity to stay in school. So I am pretty excited about," says Lawson.

"It's my freshman year. College is expensive so it helps a lot," Dowell says.

Tuesday night was the first time these two scholarship winners got to meet Coach Cal.

When asked what they thought of Coach Cal, Lawson responded, "He's a Pretty awesome guy."

Coach Cal says he would like to offer more scholarship opportunities in the future. No word yet on if it will become tradition at the Blue and White game.


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