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Taco Bell celebrates 20 years with teen scholarship program

The Graduate to Go experience motivates struggling students to succeed in school.

By Kirsti CorreaPublished: February 21, 2012 07:00 AM

Taco Bell’s Graduate to Go experience – part of the Irvine-based corporation’s Foundation for Teens initiative – will take place this weekend during the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando.

Graduate to Go is a program created to inspire teenagers to excel in school despite hardships they may face. Teens from the Boys and Girls Club in Orlando will be selected based on their leadership skills and determination to continue their education. They will be paired up with an NBA player in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

Participants will be paired off with an NBA All-Star, meet other NBA players and have the chance to be on the court during the Skills Challenge. The student with the winning player will receive a $25,000 scholarship.

“Being a part of the Taco Bell NBA All Star experience was more than just an amazing thing,” said one of last year’s winners, Violet Miehle. “It validated me as a person and gave me the confidence I needed to keep moving forward in my life; it truly was the launching pad I needed to move forward.”

The Foundation plans to distribute more than $3.5 million in local grants to more than 300 teen organizations throughout the country in 2012.

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