"In today’s educational environment, it is the rare scholarship that covers 50 percent of tuition"
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Beauty Changes Lives (BCL) Foundation named the first set of
awardees of the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship
Program at the Spring Operations Conference of the American Association
of Cosmetology Schools (AACS), BCL’s parent body.
The program is funded by a $1.5 million grant established by Wella, the
Salon Division of P&G, to award scholarships to beginning cosmetologists
and working hairdressers seeking advanced training. For this first
round, 10 basic students receive 50 percent of tuition costs, while 10
licensed hairdressers are granted $5,000 toward coursework at the
“In today’s educational environment, it is the rare scholarship that
covers 50 percent of tuition,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty
Changes Lives Foundation board. “Through the gift of education,
Wella and Beauty Changes Lives are collaborating to help
individuals achieve their professional goals, whether they’re just
starting out on their career path or striving to reach the industry’s
highest echelons,” Lynch added.
Beginning in January, 786 applicants sought scholarships through the Beauty
Changes Lives Foundation. Applicants submitted essays and video
statements explaining how they intend to carry on the late Vidal
Sassoon’s commitment to creativity, craftsmanship, professional drive
and love of learning in their own careers. May 9 is the one-year
anniversary of the beauty icon’s death.
“Vidal was a visionary who made the art and craft of hair design
integral to the beauty and fashion industry,” said Reuben Carranza, CEO
of Wella North America. “Our foundation grant and this scholarship
program allow his passion and creativity to live on by educating future
The expert panel of judges included Vidal’s son, Elan Sassoon of
Sojourn; Wella Global Education Dean Stephen Moody; Sassoon
International Creative Director Mark Hayes; HairdesignerTV.com founder
Vivienne Mackinder; Educator of the Year award recipient (Australia)
Tracey Hughes; and Mane Attraction salon owner Kendall Ong.
Following are the recipients of the first round of Vidal Sassoon
Professional Beauty Education Scholarships. Details on their future
plans and excerpts from the winning applications will be found at www.beautychangeslives.org.
Basic scholarship winners and the schools they will be attending are:
Racheal Cooper, Lake Stevens, WA, Northwest Hair Academy; Kiera Doyle,
New York, NY, Arrojo Cosmetology School; Shie Eck, Pratt, KS, Eric
Fisher Academy; Sabrina Gonzalez, Chula Vista, CA, Bellus Academy;
Valorie Gubler, Orem, UT, Marinello School of Beauty; Christopher
Jordan, Tuckahoe, NY, Arrojo Cosmetology School; Jessica Karle,
Brooklyn, NY, Arrojo Cosmetology School; Ariel Lebron, Madison, WI,
Regency Beauty Institute; Robert Miller, Austin, TX, Avenue Five; and
Patricia Seraphin, New York, NY, Hair Design Institute of Fifth Avenue.
Advanced education winners and their salons are as follows: Kristina
Banks, San Francisco, CA, PREP Salon; Susan Ford, Streamwood, IL, Asha
Salon Spa; Stephen Gunn, Cincinnati, OH, Salon Beck; Howie Held, Boca
Raton, FL, Salon Cielo; Emmy Jewel, Saugus, CA, freelance hairstylist;
Joy LaMay, Studio City, CA, Fringe, a NOHO Hair Studio; Anna Latorre,
St. Clair Shores, MI, Pigalle Salon and Med Spa; Sherry Moore, St.
Charles, MO, Regency Beauty Institute; Stephanie Ramirez, Chino Hills,
CA, Salon Eleven; and Jana Werge, Kissimmee, FL, Envy Salon.
The Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program is a
five-year effort. The second wave of scholarship competition begins
August 5, 2013 with an Oct. 11, 2013 deadline. More information is
available at www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships.
About the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation: The Foundation is a
501(c)(3) created by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools to
build awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities available in
the beauty and wellness industry and awards scholarship to individuals
pursuing careers in hair, skin, nails, barbering and massage therapy.
The Foundation also organizes and participates in numerous philanthropic
fundraisers that shine the spotlight on the charitable initiatives of
the beauty and wellness community.
About Wella, the Salon Professional Division of P&G: Wella’s
products help make beauty dreams real every day for millions of stylists
and consumers worldwide. Wella brands are distributed in more than
180,000 salons across the globe, and include Wella Professionals Care
and Styling as well as Koleston Perfect, Illumina Color, Color Touch and
Blondor by Wella Professionals; Sebastian Professional; Clairol
Professionaland Nioxin. The Vidal
Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship grant is part of
Wella’s “Hairdressers at Heart,” an industry-wide program that supports
stylists at each stage of their career with scholarships, through
artistic competition, and with assisted child care and salon grants for