Oxford Academy student wins $10,000 scholarship from Taco Bell Foundation out of 13,000 applicants

Over the past couple months, the Taco Bell Foundation has awarded $4.6 million in Live Más Scholarships to 531 students and employees across the country, and one of them was Shawn Patel from Cypress, CA. He was chosen out of 13,000 total applicants and received $10,000. He is currently an intern at Taco Bell HQ and plans to use the money to pursue his passion of engineering and continue developing healthcare programs to help patients.

About Shawn:

Two years ago, Shawn lost his father to skin cancer. Inspired to help patients like his father, Shawn combined his skills in computer science and engineering to develop UV Safe, an app that helps users protect themselves from the harmful effects of the sun and detects the presence of skin cancer. Shawn is now in the process of developing Cosmo, a virtual assistant for patients aimed to take workload off hospital staff. Shawn’s programs have already reached more than 5,000 downloads combined. He has even presented his work to Congressman Alan Lowenthal and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

A recent graduate from Oxford Academy in Cypress, CA, and current Kitchen Innovation Intern at Taco Bell headquarters, Shawn hopes to pursue a degree in Computer Science at Stanford University followed by a master’s and an MBA. In his words, the Live Más Scholarship has helped him further his entrepreneurial spirit and bring his drive to innovate to a global audience so he can help people lead healthier lives.

Watch Shawn’s Application Video

About the Live Más Scholarship: 
The Taco Bell Foundation’s Live Más Scholarship is designed to help students pursue their unique passions. Unlike other scholarships, Taco Bell doesn’t choose winners based on academic merit or athletic ability. All the application requires is a 2-minute video describing what you love to do. Both employees and any young fans of the brand ages 16-24 can apply. Scholarships range from $5,000-$25,000 per student. The Taco Bell Foundation has now awarded $10.7 million total in scholarships and is committed to awarding $21 million in scholarships by 2021.
This article was released by the Taco Bell Foundation.