September 20, 2017 People Purpose Education Community

August was a big month for the Taco Bell Foundation’s Live Más Scholarship…

We announced our 2017 Live Más Scholarship winners (with the help of a few friends), shared our plan to award $10 million in Live Más Scholarships by 2022 and held a workshop at Taco Bell’s HQ for scholarship recipients to learn from other dreamers and unleash their creativity. You can say we closed out summer with a BANG.

Celebrating our Year 2 Live Más Scholarship winners
Our Year 2 winners are a big deal, so we teamed up with some of our favorite taco lovers, like Mario Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Diane Guerrero, to unveil and celebrate them on social media. Check out some of the posts below, and click here to see all the announcements and some of the enthusiastic responses from the winners themselves. Congrats to our 2017 class – all 170 of you!!

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Next up: Our plan to award $10 million in Live Más Scholarships by 2022
In our first two years, we’ve already awarded $2.8 million in education support to 440 incredible students and Taco Bell employees – but we can’t stop, won’t stop. That’s why we announced our plan to award $10 million in Live Más Scholarships by 2022. We believe in the next generation of innovators, creators and dreamers and we put our money where our mouth is, so apply, apply, apply (and tell your friends, too!).


Bringing our winners’ creative juices under one roof
We love getting our scholarship students together because, well, they’re awesome. We’ve also seen the brilliance that bubbles up when they’re all in the same room (at the last workshop they literally created – and acted in – a Taco Bell national ad). So last month, we brought a few of our rockstar winners to Taco Bell’s headquarters in California. We wanted to inspire them to reach for their #goals, and help make them feel prepped and pumped for college. They worked in teams with mentors and came up with some epic ideas for Taco Bell, like revamped uniforms, packaging and restaurant store designs. Check out the workshop video here. We can’t wait to see what comes of their ideas, and what our next workshop holds.


Need a quick refresher on the Live Más Scholarship?
Does this post leave you with a severe case of FOMO? Let us bring you into the inner circle: The Live Más Scholarship program helps innovators, creators and dreamers aged 16-24 with post-HS funding and opportunities to pursue their unique passions that don’t necessarily fit into your typical “academic” or “athletic” scholarship categories. It’s not based on your grades or how well you play sports. That means no essays, no test scores and no right or wrong answers. Yup. So if you’re interested in applying, head over to our website and enter your email address so you can find out when the application opens again. You never know, you could be the lucky winner of a scholarship anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000. Cha-ching!

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Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation's leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarship program. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

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