Beauty Changes Lives Foundation Announces Opening of Spring 2014 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program

Application window for spring scholarship season opens January 28

Business Wire

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation in partnership with Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart will begin accepting applications for the Spring 2014 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program on Tuesday, January 28, at www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships. Twenty scholarships will be awarded, including 10 basic scholarships for individuals pursuing a beauty and wellness career and 10 advanced scholarships for licensed professionals who want to take their career to a new level.

Since launching the first competition in 2013, the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships, funded by Wella, the salon professional division of P&G. Wella has committed to funding $1.5M in scholarships, administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, through 2017.

Basic scholarships fund 50 percent of tuition (up to $10,000) at qualified cosmetology schools (http://beautycareerlink.beautyschools.org). Advanced scholarships cover travel, lodging, and fees for a five-day course at a Sassoon Academy in North America. A judging panel of beauty industry experts will evaluate each applicant’s 500-word essay or three-minute video submission.

The Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Scholarship Program honors the late Vidal Sassoon’s legacy as a visionary, entrepreneur and advocate for lifelong professional learning. Scholarships are awarded to individuals who embody Sassoon’s heritage of creativity, craftsmanship, professional drive and love of learning. A non-profit arm of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, the Beauty Changes Lives foundation serves as the administering body and coordination liaison for the scholarship program.

The application window for the spring competition closes on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and winners will be announced in May. In 2014, the first recipients of Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Programs will begin graduating beauty school. “It is amazing to see how individuals can change their career and transform their life in about a year via the gift of education,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation.

For more information on the basic and advanced scholarships and to view entry videos submitted by previous winners, please visit: www.beautychangeslives.org and www.hairdressersatheart.com.

About the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation: The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) created by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools to build awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities available in the beauty and wellness industry and massage therapy. The Foundation also organizes and participates in numerous philanthropic fundraisers that shine the spotlight on the charitable initiatives of the beauty and wellness community.

About Wella, the Salon Professional Division of P&G: Wella’s products help make beauty dreams real every day for millions of stylists and consumers worldwide. Wella brands are distributed in more than 180,000 salons across the globe, and include Wella Professionals Care and Styling as well as Koleston Perfect, Illumina Color, Color Touch and Blondor by Wella Professionals; Sebastian Professional; Clairol Professional and Nioxin. The Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship grant is part of Wella’s “Hairdressers at Heart,” an industry-wide program that supports stylists at each stage of their career with scholarships, through artistic competition, and with assisted child care and salon grants for community service.

About Sassoon Academy: Sassoon Academy offers its celebrated, industry-leading philosophy and courses worldwide through its renowned Academies, and instructional DVDs and books. All classes are developed and designed to be contemporary, relevant and forward thinking and are delivered with passion, commitment and technical excellence. The aim is to share the knowledge that is gained in the development of our craft and ensure that our students gain real commercial skills from our courses, as well as take away a piece of the culture that created Sassoon. To learn more about Sassoon Academy, visit www.sassoon.com or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/SassoonAcademy, Twitter: twitter.com/SassoonAcademy and Instagram: @sassoonacademyofficial.

Contact:
Beauty Changes Lives
Susan Miller, 765-620-2007
susan@ewingmiller.com
or
Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart
Ellen Marth, 212-546-8556
emarth@devriesglobal.com

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