There is a new class of Live Más Scholars.
Today, the Taco Bell Foundation announced more than $8 million in scholarships to break down barriers to education for 772 passionate students who seek to inspire change in their communities and across the country.
With the help of Taco Bell’s Chief Impact Officer, cultural icon Lil Nas X, the Taco Bell Foundation is excited to create a memorable experience for this next generation of leaders.
“I know firsthand what it’s like to be a young person who dreams of breaking convention and changing an industry,” says Lil Nas X. “It’s an honor to support these Live Más Fellows and I can’t wait to see their next chapters unfold.”
To qualify for this year’s scholarship program, these students, aged 16 to 26, submitted a two-minute video describing their passion, a positive change they want to make in the world, and how their education will help them. to achieve this objective.
Selected from a pool of 8,000 applicants, this year’s awardees include nearly 200 brand fans, 150 Taco Bell restaurant team members and 430 renewal winners (fans and team members who applied for renew a Live Más scholarship they have received in the past). The scholarships range from $5,000 to $25,000 per student. This year’s fellows will also have the opportunity to attend the Live Más Scholarship Summer of Creativity, an in-person conference in San Diego, California, bringing together past and present Live Más Fellows to learn, engage, and network personally and professionally.
“We are thrilled to welcome an ambitious new class of scholars,” said Jennifer Bradbury, CEO of the Taco Bell Foundation. “These scholarships aren’t just about providing funds. They’re about creating opportunity, igniting passion, and fueling inspiration and ambition in young people across the country.”
The Taco Bell Foundation is giving $2.3 million to Taco Bell restaurant team members and $5.75 million to other youth nationwide. To raise money for the Live Más Scholarship consumer fund, the Taco Bell Foundation is partnering with Taco Bell restaurants through the Round Up program. By asking Taco Bell customers to round their order total to the nearest dollar, the Taco Bell Foundation has raised over $60 million since 2019.
The Live Más Scholarship is for students with bold ambitions, a community focus and an eye on the horizon. Hear the stories of two of the scholars who will use these funds to reach new heights:
- Joel B.: Joel is a medical student at Washington State University and is the co-founder of Hugs for Ghana, a non-profit organization he founded in honor of his late grandmother who died of malaria. and dedicated to bringing needed school and medical supplies to children in African countries. As the first black student in his medical school, he is dedicated to advancing other minority doctors and impacting communities of color, a cause he speaks loudly about on his “Medical Mythbuster” account. which currently has nearly 500,000 subscribers.
- Jasmine B.: Jasmine is a senior at Manchester High School in North Chesterfield, Va., where she is co-captain of her Lancer Dancers dance team and big sister to two younger siblings. Falling in love with reading and writing at an early age, Jasmine pursued her interests by becoming heavily involved in her high school’s mass communication center. In her journey to follow her passions for journalism and mass communications, she won third place statewide for a documentary she co-directed and edited in the Virginia High School League competition. Currently working as a member of the Taco Bell team in Midlothian, Virginia, Jasmine plans to attend a four-year college majoring in mass communications with a minor in creative writing to pursue her dream of becoming a broadcast journalist.
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