HEAT ALERT

Dangerous heat continues today in New Jersey for the first day of summer

'I thought I was going to pass out': Nurse wins $100,000 to pay off student loans

A Bronx nurse was awarded $100,000 from the "Live with Kelly and Ryan" show to help pay off his student loans.

News 12 Staff

Oct 19, 2020, 1:49 PM

Updated 1,340 days ago

Share:

A Bronx nurse was awarded $100,000 from the "Live with Kelly and Ryan" show and SoFi to help pay off his student loans.
Jose Perpignan Jr., a nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital, says he almost cried when it was announced that he had won the prize money.
"I thought I was going to pass out at first," Perpignan says. "I always worry about my student loan debt. I had $130,000 so I always worried about it, every single day."
Perpignan, a husband and father of two, was nominated for the award by his friend Erica.
When the Brooklyn-born nurse wasn't working 12-hour shifts at the hospital, he went grocery shopping for seniors, picked up their medicine and handed out personal protective equipment to people in need.
Perpignan tells News 12 he plans on spending more time with wife Tiara and his two children, Madison and Jason.
He says he is thankful that his hours of hard work and endless time serving his neighborhood has paid off.
"It sounds easy but it wasn't, but I made it work," Perpignan says. "I had a lot of support. That's what I wanted to do since I was young so I had to make it happen."


More from News 12
1:27
HEAT ALERT: Sweltering heat, humidity continues today for 1st day of summer; tracking thundershowers for Friday

HEAT ALERT: Sweltering heat, humidity continues today for 1st day of summer; tracking thundershowers for Friday

0:49
‘Completely unacceptable.’ Gov. Murphy says NJ Transit, Amtrak investigation is underway

‘Completely unacceptable.’ Gov. Murphy says NJ Transit, Amtrak investigation is underway

0:29
Drivers should expect delays on part of Oak Tree Road in Edison during water main repairs

Drivers should expect delays on part of Oak Tree Road in Edison during water main repairs

2:15
Best Beaches: Checking out the ocean beaches at Brick Township

Best Beaches: Checking out the ocean beaches at Brick Township

1:28
George Norcross' longtime lawyer called to step down from Rutgers Board of Governors

George Norcross' longtime lawyer called to step down from Rutgers Board of Governors

0:21
Illegal nightclub crackdown in Paterson nets 78 arrests

Illegal nightclub crackdown in Paterson nets 78 arrests

0:20
Historic Battleship New Jersey returns to Camden waterfront today following weeks of repairs

Historic Battleship New Jersey returns to Camden waterfront today following weeks of repairs

2:18
2 beaches close due to over-capacity amid record-breaking season of beach badge sales

2 beaches close due to over-capacity amid record-breaking season of beach badge sales

2:12
Scorching temperatures won’t stop NJ residents from enjoying themselves outside

Scorching temperatures won’t stop NJ residents from enjoying themselves outside

0:26
 Boil water advisory issued for parts of Clifton and Paterson due to water main break

Boil water advisory issued for parts of Clifton and Paterson due to water main break

1:09
The East End: Goat yoga at Corwith Farm in Water Mill

The East End: Goat yoga at Corwith Farm in Water Mill

0:47
Jersey Proud: 4 Byram Intermediate School students place wreath on Tomb of Unknown Soldier

Jersey Proud: 4 Byram Intermediate School students place wreath on Tomb of Unknown Soldier

0:56
Independent investigation finds no malice intended regarding East Brunswick HS yearbook photo controversy

Independent investigation finds no malice intended regarding East Brunswick HS yearbook photo controversy

2:46
‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

0:23
Prosecutor: PA man killed in crash on Route 31 in Clinton Township

Prosecutor: PA man killed in crash on Route 31 in Clinton Township

2:38
Gov. Murphy announces clemency program to let some offenders seek early release from prison

Gov. Murphy announces clemency program to let some offenders seek early release from prison

0:40
Hundreds attend Juneteenth celebration at Liberty State Park

Hundreds attend Juneteenth celebration at Liberty State Park

1:54
Historic Glimmer Glass Bridge closed between Brielle and Manasquan until July 1 for safety repairs

Historic Glimmer Glass Bridge closed between Brielle and Manasquan until July 1 for safety repairs

Devils acquire goalie Jacob Markstrom from the Calgary Flames

Devils acquire goalie Jacob Markstrom from the Calgary Flames

0:19
Denville imposes outdoor water restrictions until June 30

Denville imposes outdoor water restrictions until June 30