Sport Clips & American Crew Fund Cosmetology School Scholarships

By Anne Moratto | 06/02/2014 1:30:00 PM


(left to right) • Mary Gabuat ----, Director of Education GJA • Mindy Mignogna – Director, GJA • Keena Haynes – scholarship recipient • Phil – Area Developer • Morgan Little – Coach • Kathy Kenyon – Coach • Mary Overton – Sport Clips Haircuts

Employment opportunities are expected to grow 20 percent within the field of cosmetology over the next decade. To help students interested in the profession meet their career goals, Sport Clips Haircuts, a leading men’s and boys’ hair care franchise and the American Crew Partner School Program have teamed up to award 15 $1,000 scholarships to students. The Georgetown, Texas-based company has more than 1,200 stores across the country and created the Access to Cosmetology Education (ACE) Scholarship Program to award scholarships to deserving students enrolled in American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) member schools.

This is the sixth year Sport Clips is offering the ACE program and is in the process of presenting educational funds to four eligible candidates who meet academic and essay requirements. To date, Sport Clips has awarded $36,000 in scholarship money to promote quality cosmetology education. 

“We’re honored to reward these talented and hardworking individuals who may one day make up the Sport Clips workforce,” says Julie Vargas, director of career opportunities.  “Students who applied and have been selected expressed why they chose cosmetology as a career and communicated where they see themselves within the industry. In order to help offset the cost of cosmetology school, these scholarships will be applied to their tuition and other educational expenses and will hopefully help them succeed in a profession I’ve enjoyed myself for more than two decades.”

Recipients of this year’s scholarships, to date, their schools, and the Sport Clips area developers in their regions, include:

Deisy Estrada Eric Fisher Academy (school)

Wichita, KS

Awarded by: David Weseman, Sport Clips Area Developer


Kelsey Bradbury Toni & Guy Academy (school)

Priest Lake, ID

Awarded by: Phil and Laurie Brown, Sport Clips Area Developers


Keena Rae Haynes Gene Juarez Academy (school)

Shoreline, WA

Awarded by: Phil and Laurie Brown, Sport Clips Area Developers


Ameka Williams Georgia Career Institute (school)

Conyers, GA

Awarded by: Dennis French, Sport Clips Area Developer








Anne Moratto’s well-rounded beauty career includes years in beauty public relations, beauty marketing, beauty manufacturing, and now, with MODERN SALON, in beauty publishing. The through-line has been an intense interest in all things beauty and a sincere appreciation for the skilled artists and entrepreneurs who make the industry so vital, compelling and creative. Anne, a native of Wisconsin, lives with her family in Los Angeles, CA, and is MODERN SALON’s West Coast Beauty and Special Markets Editor. She can be reached at


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