Kristen "Tex" Iniguez, a cheerleader-turned-paralegal from California, won a modest $500 on "Deal or No Deal." Now, she's asking her friends if they can help her build on that for a good cause.
She's starting a scholarship for students at Miramar College in San Diego, inspired by the memory of her friend Scott, who passed away in 2014.
"Before I went into this, I definitely had intentions, no matter what I won, to start a scholarship fund for my friend," Iniguez tells CNBC Make It. "He was like me: over the top, silly, funny, so much fun, so outgoing." And more than anything, she recalls, he "brought us closer together."
So when Iniguez opened the final briefcase worth $500, she knew she'd put the total toward his memory: "I get to give away this money," she says, and "I'm going to invite everyone who came to the viewing party" to donate even more.
That way, "we can have this scholarship … every year," she says. "This is the most proud I've been," that "we're all able to honor him."