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Grants and Scholarships for Cosmetology, Beauty, Hair Stylist, or Barber Schools

A lot of people want to become a beautician or barber. These are very popular careers. These careers offer many opportunities, including the ability to possibly own your own business or work from home. However like most careers, a career in cosmetology requires training and some form of education usually requires money for tuition. A frequent request by many people is for grants and scholarships for cosmetology, beauty, or barber school. It appears that there are not a lot of grants and scholarships for this field of study BUT there are some. Following is a list of resources that we hope will help.

The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) and the Cosmetology Educators of America (CEA) have combined to create an EXCELLENT website at http://www.beautyschools.org/. Grants/Scholarships are listed on this website. Many of the following cosmetology, beauty, and barber school scholarships are listed:

Alice Madden Barton Cosmetology School Scholarship Program is sponsored by Great Clips, Inc. of Minneapolis. "Scholarships are available for current students, high school students and those pursuing a career in cosmetology or barbering. These scholarships can be used at any cosmetology or barber school. The scholarships are given out twice a year in January and July." http://www.greatclips.com/stylists/~/media/www/Files/about-us/scholarships/AMB%20App.ashx

Dream Shears/Trade Essentials will provide "fifteen Cosmetology Students who are attending AACS member schools a $500 scholarship." http://www.marinello.com/downloads/scholarship-pdf/DreamShears_TradeEssentials1-31-11.pdf

"Education Rocks" Annual Scholarship awards $250. http://www.kathyjager.com/scholarship

Farouk Systems USA/AACS Cosmetology presents "six cosmetology students attending AACS member schools a $1,000 scholarship."

The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship will award "$1,000 per recipient, paid directly to enrolled school for tuition." http://www.joefrancis.com

Minerva Beauty, a leading provider of salon equipment to the cosmetology industry, is proud to sponsor the Minerva Beauty Cosmetology Scholarship for the year 2013. A total of five winning applicants will be chosen, each applicant receiving a scholarship of $1,000. In addition, all winners will receive a one (1)-Year Student Membership with the Professional Beauty. For more information about this scholarship, please click on: http://www.minervabeauty.com/Minerva-Beauty-Cosmetology-Scholarship-2013.pdf

National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufactures / Distributors Associations (NCEA) Scholarship. "Eligible esthetician students can receive a $1,000 incentive scholarship while attending esthetic school. Applicants must be midway through an esthetician only training program, maintain at least 80% attendance, and 80% grade average. http://www.ncea.tv/scholarships-grants

OPI Scholarships: "As part of OPI’s ongoing scholarship program, three students attending AACS member schools will be awarded a $500.00 scholarship from OPI through the Schaeffer Family Foundation."

Pat Goins Memorial Scholarship awards "3 worthy Cosmetology Students who are attending AACS member school." Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship provided by the AACS through its Pat Goins Memorial Scholarship Fund. We will keep this on the list a little longer, although there is some question if this scholarship is active. You can contact Pat Goins Beauty Schools at: http://www.patgoins.edu/FINANCIAL_AID/financial.html


Sport Clips
will award $1,000 to "multiple Cosmetology Students who are attending AACS member schools."


Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts Makeup Scholarship
provides a couple of very big and special scholarships. There is more in-depth explanation at the AACS website but "Westmore Academy and AACS have partnered to offer a post-graduate, advanced career education Tuition Assistance Scholarship Post graduate Cosmetology and Aesthetician students who demonstrate excellent performance in school, dream of becoming a makeup artist, have a focus on furthering their career and possess excellent people skills are eligible to receive the first annual Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts Makeup Scholarship.
There are six $1100.00 scholarships for the 6 week Master Makeup Course which is designed for the world of High Fashion, Commercial Photography, Haute Couture and Avant-Garde Makeup. It gives your Graduates the Competitive Edge as well as networking skills." There is more than one scholarship so please visit the AACS website for more explanation.
We will keep this scholarship on the list a little longer because it is questionable if it is still active.


The Salon Professional Academy has a history of providing a scholarship over the years. The following link provides an example of a 2012 application: http://www.thesalonprofessionalacademynewjersey.com/TSPA-ULTA%20Scholarship%20Application%202012.pdf
It may be worth your while to contact this organization to see if the national headquarters or any of their franchises are offering scholarships.
http://www.thesalonprofessionalacademy.com/
http://www.redkenscholarship.com/

The Professional Beauty Association provides a number or scholarships varying in financial awards. Please visit their website for more information on scholarships such as Hans Neumaier Memorial Scholarship, PBA Sally Beauty Scholarship, and the Smooth N' Shine Cosmetology Scholarship. http://www.probeauty.org/scholarships

Fred Luster Sr. Scholarship: "The Fred Luster, Sr. Education Foundation was established in honor of the late Fred Luster, Sr., who was a founding board member of AHBAI and founder of the Chicago-based Luster Products, Inc. The Foundation awards scholarships to cosmetology students and college-bound high school students. Over the past five years, the foundation has awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships." http://www.lusterproducts.com/scholarships.htm

National Cosmetology Association (NCA) Sally Beauty Scholarship awards "seven $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates desiring to enter the cosmetology profession." An additional six $500 scholarships are awarded to current PBA | NCA members for continuing education in the field of cosmetology. http://www.sallybeauty.com/scholarship/PAGE_SCHOLARSHIP,default,pg.html



The following two scholarships have very similar requirements, but they appear to be from different companies.

 

Avalon School of Cosmetology Annual Scholarship

Sponsor: Avalon School of Cosmetology

Eligibility: US citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university in Fall 2013 or Spring of 2014.

Application: Three components must be submitted for your entry:  (A) Application Form, (B) Small Writing Project, and (C) Copy of transcript.

(A) Application Form:  Click to view and print: Avalon scholarship application. All fields must be answered.

(B) Small Writing Project:  On a website, blog, or online forum, write a 500-800 word post that expresses your opinion of how, in addition to technical skills, business and marketing skills play an important role in the pursuit of a spa or salon business.

Criteria for evaluation: the best posts will give clear details, avoid grammatical or spelling errors, demonstrate creativity, and weave in the applicant’s personal thoughts. They must also include a link from the website or blog to the Avalon School of Cosmetology website (avalon.edu).

(C) Transcript: Include, or have sent, a current transcript (either official or an unofficial printed copy) to the address below. All materials must be postmarked by July 30, 2013 for the upcoming Fall Scholarship.

 

Money: $1,000.

MORE Information: http://avalon.edu/1000-avalon-school-cosmetology-annual-scholarship/

 

 

Cameo College of Essential Beauty

Sponsor: Cameo College of Essential Beauty

Eligibility Requirements:  US citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university in Fall 2013 or Spring of 2014.

Application: Three components must be submitted for your entry:  (A) Application Form, (B) Small Writing Project, and (C) Copy of transcript.

(A) Application Form:  Click to view and print: Cameo College of Essential Beauty scholarship application. All fields must be answered.

(B) Small Writing Project:  On a website, blog, or online forum, write a 500-800 word post that expresses your opinion of how technology is revolutionizing the beauty industry, and how artistic skills need to be merged with technical skills to be a successful professional.

Criteria for evaluation: the best posts will give clear details, avoid grammatical or spelling errors, demonstrate creativity, and weave in the applicant’s personal thoughts. They must also include a link from the website or blog to the Cameo College of Essential Beauty website (cameocollege.com).

(C) Transcript: Include, or have sent, a current transcript (either official or an unofficial printed copy) to the address below. All materials must be postmarked by July 30, 2013 for the upcoming Fall Scholarship.

Money: $1,000.

PLEASE visit the following website for more specific information: http://cameocollege.com/annual-scholarship

 


The U.S. Department of Education provides funding for several grants but the famous PELL GRANT can be of big help IF your cosmetology school is accredited and accepts Pell Grant money. There ARE cosmetology trade schools that participate in the Pell Grant program. One directory that can help find cosmetology schools is the Beauty School Directory at http://www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com/faq/accred.php. Other information about accreditation can be found on the accreditation web page.

Pell Grants are a very popular source of grant money from the Federal Government for ALL people who meet the criteria and A LOT of students meet the criteria. Here is an excerpt from ED.gov that gives a brief explanation of Pell Grants.

"The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain postbaccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 5,400 participating postsecondary institutions. Grant amounts are dependent on: the student's expected family contribution (EFC); the cost of attendance (as determined by the institution); the student's enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less. Students may not receive Federal Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time." You may receive only one Pell Grant in an award year.

The amount that a student can receive depends on a number of factors, but it is possible to receive over five thousand dollars for a Pell Grant. You need to ask the cosmetology / beauty / barber school that you want to attend IF they participate or accept financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. For more information on the Pell Grant, the FAFSA form to fill out, and more, you need to go to the the Financial Aid Basics Page of this website. The FAFSA form is used for government loans AND GRANTS. The cosmetology school should have a special school code that you will need for the FAFSA form. All schools who participate in the federal financial aid program have a special identifying school code number.


OTHER resources that may help find scholarships for you based on OTHER criteria than just cosmetology

As can be seen from the list above, there are grants and scholarships based on the single criteria of cosmetology. However, it is very possible that YOU qualify for other grants and scholarships for reasons other than you wanting to attend a cosmetology / beauty / barber school. You may qualify for other grants and scholarships because of your gender, ethnicity, disability, medical condition, age, income status, state that you live in, and more. Here are just a few resources that may help you. More resources are listed on the College Grants and Scholarships Listed on the World Wide Web page and the College Grants and Scholarships Listed in Books page.

Fastweb is a scholarship service that is free. It is part of the Monster.com company. Fastweb is one of the more popular and recognized free scholarship search services. You need to register and make a number of selections for your profile. Like most of the free search services, if you do not like the results, then go back and change (edit) some of your original profile criteria and then perform another search. PLEASE pay attention to the web pages as some of the pages/forms may be ADVERTISEMENTS for colleges that you are filling out and NOT the scholarship website's profile/registration.

Michigan State University Libraries Grants for Individuals at http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/3subject.htm will list a lot of resources devoted to providing grants and scholarships based on different criteria.

Free-4U.com has a tendency to present some scholarships that we have not seen elsewhere. There are lists of scholarships at this website, as well as a free scholarship search engine.

College Grants and Scholarships with the Minimum Amount of Eligibility Requirements is a Kindle ebook that lists approximately 90 college scholarships that have the least amount of eligibility requirements, so that just about anyone can apply for these scholarships. SOME, (BUT NOT ALL) of these scholarships can be applied for vocational schools. There are only so many scholarships for a specific group of people, whether it is Hispanic, single mothers, women, nursing students, veterans, or other groups. This ebook can provide a list of more available scholarships. Some of these scholarships require writing an essay while others require filling out just an application. There are NOT many scholarships available without specific, limiting criteria. There are many resources that will list thousands of scholarships, but a majority of them will have very specific requirements that prevents many students from applying to most of the scholarships listed in the resources. However, this Kindle ebook lists scholarships that most people within the U.S. can apply for. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle Previewer in order to view Kindle books on your PC at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000765261 OR https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A3IWA2TQYMZ5J6 . We know how difficult it is to format documents for the Kindle so the formatting might be kind of strange for some of the text. However, we find the text tolerable and the links work.