Cosmetology continues to be a very thriving field with many opportunities for wishing to pursue this career choice. There are numerous career-based grants and scholarships offered for students interested in Cosmetology, Cosmetic Arts and the Esthetics curriculum.
Different federal, state, and private organizations offer grants and scholarships to students pursuing certification in these fields. Many companies that are in the cosmetology and beauty industry provide support to students that are currently enrolled in a cosmetology program or are planning to pursue programs in the cosmetology field.
Most grants and scholarship require that students attend state certified schools or training facilities that offer programs in cosmetology. The following list summarizes many of the cosmetology grants and scholarships available and provides contact information for those wishing to apply for them.
Pell Grants are federal grants that are awarded to students through their participating schools and institutions. The Pell Grants are based on financial need that is determined by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Primarily targeted toward low income students and families, a FAFSA will determine the financial need using standard elements about the applicant’s financial situation. These include items such as student income, parent income, household size, assets, and the number of other family members attending postsecondary institutions. Pell Grants were created by the Higher Education Act of 1965 and do not require repayment. The FAFSA forms can be found at: Fafsa.ed.Gov
American Health and Beauty Aids Institute Cosmetology Scholarship
The American Health and Beauty Aids Institute Cosmetology Scholarship (AHBAI) is offered by the Fred Luster, Sr. Education Foundation to students that are currently enrolled in or accepted by an approved cosmetic art training facility.
Criteria to receive the scholarships include having an 85 percent or higher average in course work and completion of at least 300 hours of school work. Other factors that are considered are extracurricular activities, previous competitions and awards, and attendance records. The scholarship awards are in the amounts of $250 for a total of $5,000. More information can be obtained at: Ahbai.Org.
American Association of Cosmetology Schools Scholarship
The American Association of Cosmetology Schools offers the American Cosmetology Education (ACE) Grant to individuals interested in pursuing a career in cosmetology. The grants are geared toward working individuals that want to earn a cosmetology license. A total of four awards in the amount of $1000 each are awarded each year. The criteria for selecting the recipient are based on their background, potential to achieve their goals, and on a written essay.
National Coalition of Estheticians Scholarship
The National Coalition of Estheticians Scholarship is offered by the National Coalition of Estheticians Manufacturers / Distributors and Associations (NCEA) for those pursuing training in as an esthetician, which is a more specialized area of cosmetology that deals with skin care, hair removal, make-up, and other treatments.
The $1,000 NCEA scholarships are offered to students that are midway through an esthetician program and have at least 80% attendance and an average of 80% in their grades.
National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology
The Aurie J. Gosnell Scholarship is offered by the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology to full-time students studying and training in the cosmetology field. To apply for the $1,250 scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in a state licensed program, not be receiving any other scholarship, and must be a full-time student prior to receiving the award. In the event the student does not complete the cosmetology program, they will have to repay the scholarship.
The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship
Established in the memory of Joe Francis, a businessman who began with humble beginnings and built a world-wide haircare company, the Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship is for deserving students pursuing long-term careers in the cosmetology field. The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation was established in 1994 and issues $1,000 scholarships to those selected by a committee.
Applicants must submit an essay, letters of recommendation, and meet the scholarship requirements which are based on financial need, interests, and career goals. Additional information and the application can be obtained at: JoeFrancis.Com.
OPI Cosmetology Scholarship
OPI is a leading company in the professional beauty industry and is recognized worldwide for its beauty products. OPI supports aspiring students in the Nail Technology and Cosmetology programs through scholarships from the Schaeffer Family Foundation. OPI offers two $500 cosmetology scholarships to each year to students enrolled in a qualifying OPI Preferred Nail Technology or Cosmetology program. Applicants must complete an essay and have a recommendation from a licensed beauty professional. They must also satisfy the requirements from their particular state. The application and additional information is available at: OPI.Com.
Sports Clips Scholarships
Sports Clips is one of the fastest growing men’s and boy’s haircare franchises in the United States. To provide opportunities for financial support to students pursuing careers in the haircare industry, Sports Clips awards $5,000 in scholarship funds and $1,000 in individual scholarships to students who meet the requirements that include an essay and academic standards. More information can be obtained by contacting the Sport Clips Director of Career Opportunities at the company’s corporate headquarters in Georgetown, Texas. The phone number is 512-630-6403. The company website is www.sportsclips.com.
PBA/NCA Sally Beauty Scholarships
Sally Beauty Holdings, the owner of professional beauty supply stores across the country, offers scholarships to those pursuing educational opportunities in the beauty and cosmetology fields. Sally Beauty coordinates with the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and the National Cosmetology Association (NCA) to provide scholarships in two categories.
One category targets high school graduates who are pursuing education in the cosmetology profession. Seven $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year. For current PBA and NCA members that are continuing their education in the cosmetology field, six $500 scholarships are available for these members. More information can be found at: SallyBeauty.Com.
Future Salon Professional Scholarship
Regis Corporation, the world’s largest hair salon chain, created the Future Salon Professional Scholarship to recognize African Americans seeking to become professionals in the cosmetology industry. In order to receive the grant, Non-Pell Grant eligible African American students must meet the admissions requirements of the Empire Education Group.
The Empire Education Group review committee will consider their application for scholarships that can amount up to $1000. The application can be downloaded at: Empire.Edu. Additional information can also be obtained from the website.
Empire Kids Peace Educational Endowment
Geared toward students who were or are residents of the Kid’s Peace Facility, the Empire Kids Peace Educational Endowment provides endowments five times per year to first time cosmetology students. Students must meet admission requirements and must provide confirmation from the Kid’s Peace Facility that they were residents of the facility. This information can come from the Facility Representative, Facility Supervisor or an individual counselor. Additional information can be obtained at: Empire.Edu.
Empire Gives Back Cosmetology Educational Endowment Program
This endowment program was started to assist residents of shelters in attending any of the Empire Beauty Schools located across the country to receive training in cosmetology program. The program is also one of the ways that the Empire Beauty Schools give back to the community.
The Empire Gives Back Cosmetology Educational Endowment Program awards one endowment per year. The shelter residents must provide confirmation from their facility that they have been a resident within the last 6 months prior to application. Additional information can be obtained at: Empire.Edu.
National Educator Scholarship
The National Educator Scholarship was established to support students enrolled in the Educator Training Program. Also known as the Gloria Sidell Scholarship provides scholarships for students who have completed Empire Education Group’s Cosmetology/Hairstyling Program. Students must have an application on file for the State board license and have satisfactory attendance of at least 75% and satisfactory academics of at least 80%.
A recommendation from an instructor and an interview with the School Director rounds out the requirements for the scholarship. For non-program applicants they must have a high school diploma or GED, a current Cosmetology license is necessary in addition to the academic progress of 80%. An interview with the School Director is also required.
Farouk Systems USA/AACS Cosmetology Scholarship
The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) awards six Farouk Systems USA/AACS Cosmetology Scholarships each year to students that attend AACS member schools. The $1,000 scholarships can be applied toward tuition and education expenses at the AACS member school. Awardees are chosen by a selection committee comprised of representatives from Farouk Systems USA that determine the winners based on financial need and a written essay.
Creative Nail Design, Inc., (CND) is a leading worldwide company providing professional nail care products. In addition to their products and services, the company offers educational support to salon and spa professionals. CND offers a scholarship for cosmetology students pursuing a nail only program. One $500 scholarship is awarded to a student attending an AACS member school. It is issued through the ACE Scholarship Program.
Dream Shears/Trade Essentials Scholarship
The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) sponsors the Dream Shears/Trade Essentials Scholarship program that awards multiple $500 scholarships. Students that attend an AACS member school and are in good standing with at least 80% grade average, have 80% attendance, and can demonstrate financial need are eligible for the award.
A 500-800 word typed essay that outlines their financial need and their career goals for cosmetology is also required.
Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts Makeup Scholarship
For those wanting to pursue an education as a makeup artist, the Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts Makeup Scholarship is targeted to them. The Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts is a post-graduate school that specializes in Makeup Artistry. The school is well-connected in the Hollywood industry and focuses on high fashion, commercial photography and related areas.
Applicants for the scholarship must complete a 500-word essay and must have 80% or higher grade point average. Six grants of $1100 are offered to those studying Master Makeup and six scholarships of $1300 are awarded to students pursuing makeup in motion pictures, television, photo shoots, and other glamour areas.
Pat Goins Memorial Scholarship Program
The Pat Goins Memorial Scholarship Program is named after Pat Goins who was an active and long-standing member of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS). Multiple scholarships are awarded in the amount of $1,000. The applicants must be cosmetology students enrolled in an AACS member school.
Alice Madden Barton Scholarship Program
The Alice Madden Barton Scholarship Program offers scholarships for cosmetology or barbering students. Issued twice a year, the scholarships are geared toward applicants that demonstrate a passion for the cosmetology or barbering crafts and are dedicated to developing their talents in the profession.
The Alice Madden Barton Scholarship Program is offered in conjunction with Great Clips, a national franchise of hair salons. More information and the application can be accessed at: GreatClips.Com
“Education Rocks” Scholarship
This scholarship is offered to students pursuing cosmetology and planning a career in the beauty industry. One annual $250 “Education Rocks” Scholarship is available to those who apply at the Kathy Jager & Associates website: KathyJager.Com
Maureen Baldwin Cosmetology Scholarship
The Maureen Baldwin Cosmetology Scholarship is available for full-time students enrolled in the Cosmetology program at Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois. More information about the award and how to apply for it can be found at:
Vernon’s Kansas School of Cosmetology Grants
Grants for students pursuing a cosmetology education is available at Vernon’s Kansas School of Cosmetology. The school is located in Wichita, Kansas. Awardees receive the grants based on the student’s financial need and personal background. More information can be obtained at the school’s website.
Cal Grants and Competitive Awards
Several different grant programs are available from the State of California through its California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) for undergraduate students that are residents of California. Grant A, B, and C Programs offer funds that may range up to $9700 for tuition and fees.
The Cal Grant C Program is geared towards vocational and community colleges which encompasses many of the institutions in California that have the Cosmetology curriculum. The Cal Grant C award is $576 and can be applied toward books, equipment, and tools. The Cal Grant B Competitive Award requires students to have a minimum 2.0 GPA and come from disadvantaged and low-income families. Their program of study must be at least one year in length to qualify for this award.
Oregon Barber and Hairdresser (B&H) Grant Program
The Oregon Barber and Hairdresser (B&H) Grant Program provides financial assistance to residents of Oregon who are attending or will attend a licensed school of cosmetology, barbering, hair design, or manicure in Oregon. The program must also participate in the Federal Title IV financial programs. Students must be enrolled full-time in programs that are at least nine months long.
The one-time awards are targeted more towards students with compelling financial need. Students can apply for (B&H) Grant Program grants by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. To get further information, visit the Oregon Student Assistant Commission website at: GetCollegeFunds.Org
Casal Aveda Institute Scholarship Contest
The Casal Aveda Institute Scholarship Contest is offered to students that complete the application and write an essay to receive one annual award in Cosmetology and one award in Esthiology. The application also contains a number of questions that are used to help determine the scholarship winner. The Casal Aveda Institute, located in Austintown, Ohio, has additional information about the scholarship contest that can be found at: CasalaVeda.Com