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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.

Although, we have listed some cosmetology scholarships on this web page, A NUMBER of people have contacted us requesting information for MORE cosmetology scholarships. Please believe me, we know how important it is to find financial aid for cosmetology school, as well as other types of training. Also, we know how hard it can be obtaining the finances to fund an education. Because of the demand for financial aid for cosmetology/beauty/hair stylist/barber school, we will give you our best advice on funding options based on the search for cosmetology scholarships that we have done in the past few years.

1. When you scroll down this web page, you will see a list of cosmetology scholarships that we have found in the past few years. A couple may no longer be available, BUT the organizations that once funded those scholarships MIGHT fund them again. We know that the list is NOT long enough. When we find more, we will put them on this list.

2. Some cosmetology schools will offer their own scholarships. Some cosmetology schools accept traditional federal financial aid such as Pell Grant money. The schools have their own special code where you can apply for federal financial aid. Some of our best advice is to contact a cosmetology school and see what they can do for you in the way of financing.

3. There are a number of scholarships available for students who attend a trade school. Cosmetology schools can be considered a "trade school." We admit that many, many scholarships are specific only to four-year colleges or universities. However, there are scholarships available that will fund a student who wants to go to any "accredited post-secondary school" institution. When you are looking for scholarships, please pay attention to this part of the eligibility requirements. At the bottom of this web page, are links to resources to find these type of resources.

4. If you have no idea on where to begin to search for any type of scholarship then you may want to take about six minutes of your time and view the following YouTube video. It gives a pretty good video summary of where to begin to find scholarships: YouTube Video:  How to Find College Grants and Scholarships.

 

HAVING said all of that above, here is an update of the list of scholarships that we have found in the past few years, devoted to some type of cosmetology training.

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 (but not all) 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."
We have found that tracking this scholarship can be difficult. The link comes and goes. I think that we will leave this information on this web page for now. Please keep in mind that Great Clips, Inc has provided a scholarship for a number of years. http://www.greatclips.com/

 

Buy-Rite Salon and Spa Equipment Annual Scholarship. This scholarship is worth $1,000. PLEASE visit their website at http://www.buyritebeauty.com/scholarship.html for more information.

Dream Shears/Trade Essentials will provide "fifteen Cosmetology Students who are attending AACS member schools a $500 scholarship." More recent information can be found on the www.beautyschools.org website. PLEASE NOTE that this scholarship has a tendency to come and go. Finding recent information about this scholarships can be difficult.

NICHE.com is a company that provides a variety of scholarship information including funding some scholarships, themselves. One such scholarship is a $500 scholarship for beauty school. https://colleges.niche.com/scholarship/beauty-school-scholarship/ AND https://colleges.niche.com/

"Esthetician Scholarships: Partial and Full Ride Scholarships for Studying Esthetics" is located at: http://www.estheticianedu.org/esthetician-scholarships/

"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." Updates can be found at http://www.beautyschools.org. Another web page for access is http://farouk.com/contact-us.

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

Karmin Professional is presenting an annual cosmetology school scholarship worth $500 to three students. Please visit http://www.karminhairtools.com/cosmetology-school-scholarship for more information.

Minerva Beauty, a leading provider of salon equipment to the cosmetology industry, is proud to sponsor the Minerva Beauty Cosmetology Scholarship. 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." Recent information about OPI scholarships can be found in a couple of places such as: http://beautyschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/AACS-Scholarship-Application-YNS2015.pdf AND http://www.beautyschools.org.

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/#home-section


Sport Clips
will award $1,000 to "multiple Cosmetology Students who are attending AACS member schools." Contact: http://www.screports.com/scholarship/


The Salon Professional Academy has a history of providing a scholarship over the years. 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

 

Hans Neumaier Memorial Scholarship: "PBA gratefully acknowledges Hans Neumaier, PBA Lifetime member who personally funded this scholarship opportunity. Hans' career in hairdressing and the beauty business spanned 70 successful years, with 55 years as a member of NCA and PBA. His story is one of a PBA Lifetime Member who had dedicated his life to the beauty industry he loved. The maximum award is $1,000 and a minimum of five scholarships will be awarded in 2015. You must be a current PBA student member enrolled full time in an accredited cosmetology school in order to apply for this scholarship. https://probeauty.org/scholarships/

 


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

PLEASE NOTE: It is questionable IF this school is still offering a CURRENT scholarship, BUT we will keep it on the list for now.

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

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

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

PLEASE NOTE: It is questionable IF this school is still offering a CURRENT scholarship, BUT we will keep it on the list for now.

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.

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

Money: $1,000.

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

 


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.

 

YouTube Video:  How to Find College Grants and Scholarships is a short six-minute video that gives you an overall look at where to find college grants and scholarships. If you have no idea on where to start to find financial aid, then this video will give you a good idea on how to go about finding free money in the form of financial aid, grants, and scholarships for college or trade schools for a variety of groups of people such as nursing students, single moms, women, and just about any U.S. Citizen seeking scholarships with the least amount of eligibility requirements.

List of No Essay Scholarships Video is a YouTube Video that gives a brief explanation of scholarships without essays and then provides a list of some actual no essay scholarships. We know that the college scholarship without the essay requirement is a popular, but yet very hard-to-find scholarship. It is very frustating to write essay after essay and not be awarded a scholarship. This video will give information about scholarships without the essay requirement.

BeautySchoolEdu.org's goal is to help would-be hairstylists, makeup artists, skin care specialists, manicurists, and even barbers find out exactly what it takes to meet the state licensing requirements necessary to become a salon professional. There are a number of resources at this website that can be of help for "would-be hairstylists, makeup artists, skin care specialists, manicurists, barbers."

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 150 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 OR TRADE schools. There are only so many scholarships for a specific group of people, whether it is Hispanic, single mothers, women, nursing students, veterans, or students looking for cosmetology scholarships. 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.

The following are four examples of SOME scholarships within this ebook that will be able to be applied to trade schools. They are good examples of how you do not need a scholarship specifically for cosmetology in order to obtain scholarship money. Cosmetology school can be considered a trade school. However, many scholarships need to be applied to an "accredited" trade school.

The Cover Guy Annual Scholarship Contest

The AFSA Scholarships (Two Different Scholarships Offered).

CKSF (Common Knowledge) Scholarships

Contact Lens and Glasses Scholarship: Complete a short survey AND submit your essay on one of the topics supplied at their website. We emailed the company and they said that this scholarship CAN BE used for a trade school.