Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2015 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program. The nationwide competition awards 10 “Basic” scholarships covering 50% of tuition (up to $10,000) to students enrolled in a cosmetology program at an American Association of Cosmetology Schools member school. In addition, 10 licensed hairstylists are awarded continuing education scholarships to attend a North American Sassoon Academy, including travel and course fees up to $5,000.
A panel comprised of award-winning hairstylists, platform artists and educators selected the Fall 2015 recipients.
Winners of the “Basic” Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Program are noted below:
Taylor Adams Academy of Hair
Paul Mitchell – The School, San Diego
San Diego, CA
Hair Design Institute of Apopka
Paul Mitchell - The School, Fort Myers
Fort Myers, FL
Summit Salon Academy
Cinta Aveda Institute
San Francisco, CA
Empire Beauty School
Paul Mitchell – The School, Tinley Park
Tinley Park, IL
Paul Mitchell – The School, Overland Park
Overland Park, KS
Leah Frisbee White
North Seattle, WA
Winners of the “Advanced” Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Program and their employers are as follows:
The Hair Parlor on 8th
Los Angeles, CA
Colour Me Crazy
Sweet Escape Salon
JMC Hair Studio
Muse Art Haus
Razzle Dazzle College
Fort Collins, CO
Yasmeen Beauty Studio
Floral Park, NY
The multi-year, $1.5M scholarship program honors beauty visionary and entrepreneur Vidal Sassoon’s lifelong passion for education. Several winners acknowledged how Sassoon’s legacy inspired their career and even their philosophy on life. “Vidal Sassoon brought hairdressing back to the basics – making hair low maintenance yet still modern and elegant. As a mother, I can appreciate the path he paved and incorporate his ideas into my own life and career,” wrote Leah White Frisbee in her scholarship application.
Advanced recipients also remarked on the role of mentors and industry leaders in shaping their career. “I had the opportunity to train with Nick Berardi and it was so inspiring. But I also find great insight from shows like Trend Vision that inspire me to take my career to the next level by applying for a Vidal Sassoon Academy experience,” says advanced winner Naomi Schumacher.
“Three years after his passing, Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart is pleased to see Vidal’s commitment to education live on through the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship,” Wella North America CEO, Sal Mauceri notes. “Vidal transformed not just the art and science of hairstyling, but the world’s perception of hairstyling as a career. Many of the applicants in the scholarship competition shared how his artistic, entrepreneurial, and social vision inspired them to pursue a career in beauty.”
Beauty Changes Lives Foundation President Lynelle Lynch says the program provides an opportunity to elevate professional beauty careers at all levels of the industry. “For nearly three years, the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program has been opening the door for those who want to join the professional industry and accelerating the careers of licensed professionals. It’s inspiring to see the boost this scholarship program offers to emerging and established artists,” says Lynch.
Since launching in 2013, the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Competition funded by Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart and administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation has awarded 120 scholarships.
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