The Beauty Changes Lives foundation is accepting applications for the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program between August 5 and October 11, 2013, at www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships. Honoring the late Vidal Sassoon and his legacy as an entrepreneur and artist, the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program funds 50 percent of tuition at qualified cosmetology schools, which can be found at http://beautycareerlink.beautyschools.org/; and for licensed professionals, the scholarship covers the cost of a 5-day course at any North America-based Sassoon Academy, plus travel expenses (up to a total of $5,000, including course fee).
The Beauty Changes Lives foundation and Wella established the program to help both aspiring and established beauty professionals achieve their career goals through the gift of education. A non-profit arm of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, the Beauty Changes Lives foundation serves as the administering body and coordination liaison for the scholarship program.
Scholarships are awarded to individuals who embody Vidal Sassoon’s heritage of creativity, craftsmanship, professional drive, and love of learning. The Fall 2013 class of Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education recipients will be announced this November. Individuals may apply via an online application. Each submission should demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to Vidal Sassoon’s legacy of creativity and discipline, and express how they plan to honor his philosophy through professional achievement. Scholarship details and application information is available at www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships.
This past spring, more than 800 individuals applied for the first-ever round of basic and advanced scholarships. “The judging team was overwhelmed by the applicants’ expressions of passion, creativity and commitment to helping others in their video and essay submissions,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives foundation.
“I’ve always dreamed of being a hairstylist and this scholarship is turning my dream into a reality,” said Racheal Cooper, a basic scholarship winner.
Advanced scholarship winner Joy LaMay noted in her application that beauty school was only the beginning of an amazing career. “I really found my art as a hairstylist,” said LaMay. “When I’m behind the chair, I’m using my energy and expression in a way that changes how people feel about their appearance, and that can change lives.” Watch interviews with Joy and other first round winners at https://vimeo.com/71132771.