Khorii Tinson doesn’t just love to dance — she lives for it.
"Dancing is just something that's always been a part of me. I can't see myself doing anything else," she said. "It's the most myself I ever feel."
Since she was 4 years old and sashayed into her first studio, Khorii knew who she was and what she wanted to be. "She knew well before we did," Karl Tinson, Khorii's father, said.
Tinson served in the U.S. Military for the majority of his daughter's life, and was often stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like many military families, they moved around a lot. But no matter where the family ended up, Khorii always found a place to dance and, incidentally, her place in the world.
Now, Khorii’s ambition is taking center stage.
She's spent countless hours in the studio, and now she'll be spending many more studying dance at the University of Texas — a program known for turning out alumni who not only achieve their performance dreams, but go on to receive Academy Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards.
Though many rightfully consider dance a serious sport pursued by strong, determined, and committed individuals, students who want to major in it at a major university are often ineligible to receive either an academic or athletic scholarship. That's where Taco Bell's Live Más scholarship steps in.
By providing financial assistance to promising innovative and creative youth, the scholarship program not only helps them pursue their goals, but encourages them to believe in their dreams — because someone else believes in them, too. As a member of the scholarship's Charter Class, Tinson will successfully fund her education but, more importantly, find her mark — and make it.