You know the exceptional things your school is doing, and being recognized by Modern Salon isn't only an honor, but a unique validation and recruitment tool as well.

Enter Modern Salon’s Excellence in Education program for a chance for your school to be nationally recognized. Celebrate your achievements, showcase what your school does best and set yourself apart from your competition.

Schools will be recognized in the following categories…School Culture, Community Involvement, Facilities, Alumni & Advanced Education Programs, Placement, Technology, Marketing and Beauty Changes Lives / Industry Leadership.

All honorees will receive a promotional kit including your certificate, a customized press release, an EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION honoree logo and information on how to link to your recognition on

The deadline has been extended to September 12, 2014.

Click below for past honorees!

2013 Excellence in Education Honorees

2012 Excellence in Education Honorees

2011 Excellence in Education Honorees

2010 Excellence in Education Honorees


The program is presented by MODERN SALON Media with the support of the
American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS)

Eligibility:  All U.S. schools with students attending since January 1, 2013
or earlier are eligible to enter.  

Honoree categories: Schools may enter one or multiple categories.  
• School Culture
• Community Involvement
• Facilities
• Alumni & Advanced Education Programs
• Placement  
• Use of Technology
• Marketing Innovation
• "Beauty Changes Lives"— Industry Leadership

School classifications:  Each honoree category will recognize four finalists, each representing a different school size. Schools that are part of a chain may enter as EITHER individual locations OR as a “multi-unit” school.  

Honorees: The honorees are chosen in each category based on preliminary evaluation of all applications. Top honorees may participate in an interview and provide additional information and references to complete the application process.

Entry fee: There is a one-time (non-refundable) $85 processing fee per individual location entry.


Contact Joyce Alverio of MODERN SALON Media or 847-415-8037.

Check out the compilation video used to introduce MODERN SALON's 2013 Excellence in Education Honorees at the AACS convention in Las Vegas on November 16.


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