Beauty Changes Lives Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Fall 2015 Scholarship Winners...

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:

Basic Winner

Beauty School

City, State

Morgan Barkdull

Taylor Adams Academy of Hair

Orem, UT

Olivia Carmichael

Paul Mitchell – The School, San Diego

San Diego, CA

Mackenzie Cohen

Hair Design Institute of Apopka

Apopka, FL

Sarah Domonte

Paul Mitchell - The School,  Fort Myers

Fort Myers, FL

Joanna Hill

Summit Salon Academy

Tacoma, WA

Rachel Pochedly

Cinta Aveda Institute

San Francisco, CA

Vanessa Rivera

Empire Beauty School

Avondale, AZ

Lyttia Roseman

Paul Mitchell – The School, Tinley Park

Tinley Park, IL

Jessica Walter

Paul Mitchell – The School, Overland Park

Overland Park, KS

Leah Frisbee White

Gene Juarez

North Seattle, WA


Winners of the “Advanced” Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Program and their employers are as follows:

Advanced Winner


City, State

Rolando Aqui


Fresno, CA

Sophie Davies

The Hair Parlor on 8th

Los Angeles, CA

Margarette Damms

Colour Me Crazy

Humble, TX

Martin Huerta

Sweet Escape Salon

Baytown, TX

Kristin Isaac

Double Dutch

Denver, CO

Jen Kohlenberger

JMC Hair Studio

Tustin, CA

Sonya Millner

Muse Art Haus

Sacramento, CA

Naomi Schumacher

Razzle Dazzle College

Nampa, ID

Meghan Tomtas

Gallipott Salon

Fort Collins, CO

Sumayah Wakely

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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