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2020 Taco Bell Foundation Award Increases to $6 Million in College Scholarships

Shawna Newman

January 07, 2020

2020 Taco Bell Foundation Award Increases to $6 Million in College Scholarships
Have you ordered from Taco Bell and were asked if you’d like to round up your order total to the nearest dollar? If so, you’ve been a part of the Taco Bell’s Round Up campaign supporting the Taco Bell Foundation, scholarship and educational fund mission! Tina Nguyen, Executive Director of the Taco Bell Foundation said, “With student debt in America reaching an all-time high, the Taco Bell Foundation is proud to be part of the solution, fulfilling a growing need for accessible scholarship opportunities.” With help from customers and donors, the Taco Bell Foundation has increased their awards to $6 million. That’s a $2 million increase from the 2019 award total. According to their press release, this brings the Taco Bell Foundation to $17 million in total awarded scholarships—keeping them on target to meet their commitment of awarding $21 million by 2021. According to the Taco Bell Foundation website, the Live Más Scholarship is for the “Passioneers.” This means scholarships are not based on your grades, test scores or athletic ability, but rather your passionate and pioneering spirit. The 2020 scholarship for first-time recipients ranges from $5,000-$25,000 per student and is open to Taco Bell team members and fans, ages 16-24, nationwide. To apply, you’ll submit a simple two-minute video describing your passion and how you’ll use it to make a difference.

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Feeling inspired AND hungry? Grab a taco, check out the previous scholars’ video submissions, and start your scholarship submission today. In 2019 the Taco Bell Foundation received 13,000 applicants. We’re (almost) willing to bet our nachos the 2020 applicant total will drastically increase in 2020. The details for both Taco Bell scholarship opportunities are listed below.

Live Más Scholarship

Available to: High School Juniors through Graduate Students, Year 5 Deadline:1/23/20

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Each new school year is an opportunity for a fresh start, so we're giving away a $1,000 scholarship to help kickoff the new school year.

Award Amount: 100 awards from $5,000-$25,000 The Live Más Scholarship is available to innovators, creators, and dreamers between the ages of 16 and 24. To be considered, you must create and submit a video of up to two minutes in length that tells the story of your life's passion. Learn more about the Live Más Scholarship.

Live Más Employee Scholarship

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Available to: High School Juniors through Graduate Students, Year 5 Deadline: 1/23/20 Award Amount: 55 awards from $5,000-$10,000 The Live Más Scholarship Program is open to students who are employees of Taco Bell. To be considered, you must submit a two-minute video that tells the story of your life's passion. Learn more about the Live Más Employee Scholarship. The 2020 winners will be announced this spring. Previous Live Más winners also have the option to renew their scholarship as well. You can visit the Taco Bell Foundation website for details on each scholarship program. Hungry for more scholarships? Pizza Hut and McDonald’s are just two of the fast-food companies featured in this article that offer tuition assistance. From flexible scheduling to learning how to work with the general public, working in fast food may be the extra income you’re looking for to pay for school. While working in the fast-food industry may not seem lucrative, it can offer you a smorgasbord of experience – helping you boost your resume and adding numerous life skills (flair as well) to your character. In fact, several successful influencers can add fast-food employee to their job-experience list. This Delish article highlights 22 celebrities that learned a thing or two from their time working in the fast-food industry, Barack Obama and Jeff Bezos being two of these successful celebrities. The moral is you should keep an open mind, and not be afraid to inquire on and apply for weird scholarships. If you currently work, ask your employer if the company offers any scholarships. Have a favorite food or brand? Search for an array of unique scholarships at

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