Pursuing a Career in Beauty: MUD Make-Up Designory Scholarship Winners Announced

by MODERN Staff | January 2, 2019
Jasmine Sedghi, Daly City, CA
Jasmine Sedghi, Daly City, CA

MUD Make-Up Designory is helping esthetic and professional make-up students pursue their dream of a career in beauty. Winners of the MUD Make-up Designory scholarship administered by Beauty Changes Lives will each receive a $2,500 tuition scholarship.   The Fall 2018 winners and their respective schools are as follows:

Jasmine Sedghi, Daly City, CA, The Salon Professional, IG

As a certified behavioral therapist with a bachelor’s degree in special education communication, Sedghi wants to use her cosmetology education to serve children and individuals on the Autism spectrum. In her application video,  Jasmine says the scholarship will enable her to combine her talent for working with kids on the spectrum with her lifelong passion for beauty. “By investing in me, this scholarship is helping me help others be the best version of themselves,” she says.

  Shelby Mellard, Derby, Kan., Eric Fisher Academy, IG @shelmelxo

After earning a degree in criminal justice, Shelby served as a Wichita Police Department officer, where she often saw the “ugly” side of life, including acts of domestic violence. In her application video, Shelby shares how working with victims of domestic violence helped her see how she could merge her passion for helping and beautifying lives. “This scholarship is making it financially possible for me to put down my badge and pursue my dream of a career in esthetics,” says Shelby.

Catherine Pataky, Buffalo, NY, The Salon Professional Academy – Buffalo,


Catherine deferred her dream of working in beauty for an office job that didn’t engage her passion. That all changed when she attended beauty school. In her application essay, Catherine writes, “I am on fire and so eager to learn everything. I want to be that person I always admired and for the first time, I believe I will become her.”

Isabella Perez, Mundelin, IL, Pivot Point Academy, IG @looksbybella

While her mom, aunt and uncle owned a salon, it was the theatre production of “War Paint” that inspired Isabella to consider whether make-up helps free women or enslaves them to maintain an image. In her video, Isabella notes social media is helping to liberate women from conventional notes of beauty. “Beauty is expressive, unique, courageous, and freeing,” says Isabella.

 Sage Sanchez, Highwood, MT, Montana Academy of Salons, IG@sage_cosmetology

An abusive former relationship resulted in bruises Sage tried to conceal with makeup. Yet a beauty professional encouraged her to see that a makeup artist’s true talent is bringing out the inner beauty and confidence in women. Upon completing beauty school, Sage hopes to help victims of domestic violence bring out their inner beauty.

Winners were selected by a panel of beauty professionals. Each applicant was required to submit a three-minute video or inspiration board and essay describing how their passion for beauty would help fulfill their purpose and change lives. “These winners illustrate how beauty careers empower others to live their best lives. And as many of these winners are evolving into new career paths, it’s exciting to see how beauty celebrates diversity and inclusiveness,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation. “The generosity of MUD Make-Up Designory is making it possible for these winners to pursue their passion and succeed in a purposeful career.”

  About the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation: With a mission to elevate, educate and empower, Beauty Changes Lives is uniting the industry and building awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities in the beauty, wellness and massage therapy industries. Learn more at




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