The students’ images and stories on the “Graduate for Más” Times Square Yearbook draw attention to the scholarship program, which was established to recognize young people as they pursue their passions in college. The Taco Bell Foundation, together with Get Schooled, launched the campaign in 2013 to inspire teens to make a personal commitment to graduate from high school and stay on track to achieve their dreams.
“I found out about the competition while researching a site online that lists all the different types of scholarships available,” said Samec. The Live Más Scholarship™ campaign through the Taco Bell Foundation awarded a total of $1,000,000 to 300 students this year. The scholarship program looks for students who are “innovators, creators and dreamers” and focuses their passions instead of their obstacles. The essay prompt for the scholarship application asked the students “What school subject is your passion and why?” In her essay, Samec focused on English and a specific teacher she considers a mentor. “I entered the competition because I like English and writing in school. I have always had the best English teachers,” she wrote. “I would always go to Ms. Stuken when I needed help with my with writing.”
Samec’s ESHS counselor teamed up with Stuken to arrange a special way to inform the student that she had been selected for the scholarship. “When I learned that I had won this scholarship, I was so surprised,” said Samec. “My English teacher told me in front of the whole class and it was a complete shock!”
Samec was accepted to four universities and says she is excited to attend Concordia University. She credits the teachers at El Segundo High School for providing a solid educational foundation. “All the teachers here have helped me,” said Samec. “I have always felt comfortable to go to them for help. I feel that my high school education has prepared me for college and the future.”
To learn more about Taco Bell Foundation’s Live Más Scholarship™, visit https://www.livemasscholarship.com.
ESHS 2016 graduate Taylor Samec was featured on a billboard in New York’s Times Square on June 8 after being awarded a scholarship from the Taco Bell Foundation.
July 5, 2016