Leo Passage Creative Jam Fall 2015 Winners

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation and the Leo Passage Endowment Fund are honoring 25 beauty educators from across the U.S. with the BCL | Leo Passage Postgraduate Scholarship. Each scholarship winner receives up to $2,000 to attend the Pivot Point Creative Jam Chicago, November 15-16, 2015.

The scholarship winners represent the first class of the BCL | Leo Passage Postgraduate Scholarship recipients. First announced at Cosmoprof 2014, the Leo Passage Endowment Fund is funded through a generous $1 million grant by the Passage family. The postgraduate scholarships are administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation and this year will celebrate what happens when art, design and technology collide in the classroom.

The 2015 BCL | Leo Passage Postgraduate Scholarship winners and their respective schools are as follows:

Winner Name School Name City, State
Samantha Beall Bellus Academy Manhattan, Kansas
Donia Booth Virginia College Huntsville, Alabama
Larissa Chaney Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails Fort Worth, Texas
Tamara Connolly-Stephens The Salon Professional Academy The Villages, Florida
Inge Dietz Marinello Schools of Beauty Las Vegas, Nevada
Kathy Jager John Amico School of Hair Design Oak Forest, Illinois
Donna Johnson Phagans’ Cosmetology Colleges Newport, Oregon
Shanda Kerr Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails Fort Worth, Texas
April Lemoine Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails Fort Worth, Texas
Teri McLemore Alabama School of Nail Technology and

Cosmetology

Jackson, Alabama
Theresa Miulli Sunstate Academy Fort Myers, Florida
Laura Neville Phagans’ Cosmetology Colleges Bend, Oregon
Diana Norris Virginia College Chattanooga, Tennessee
Brittany Novak Bellus Academy National City, California
Winner Name School Name City, State
Victoria O’Brien The Salon Professional Academy Nashville, Tennessee
Latera Olasewere Bellus Academy National City, California
Noelle Owings Virginia College Richmond, Virginia
Debbie Patrick Phagans’ Central Oregon Beauty College Bend, Oregon
Khris Pool Bellus Academy El Cajon, California
Pamela Reed Paul Mitchell the School – Jacksonville Jacksonville, Florida
Michael Stewart Bellus Academy Poway, California
Tammy Thompson Ogle School of Hair, Skin and Nails Fort Worth, Texas
Karla Melina Uribe Bellus Academy National City, California
Tiffany Whorton Bellus Academy Poway, California
Crystal Williams Gene Juarez Academy Seattle, Washington

Beauty Changes Lives and Pivot Point introduced the BCL | Leo Passage Postgraduate Scholarship during the Legacy Award dinner and celebration at America’s Beauty Show 2015. The 2015 Legacy Award honored Leo Passage, founder of Pivot Point International, Inc. for the contributions he made to beauty education and cultivating NEXTGEN talent.

“My father was a lifelong learner and had a passion to help others achieve their artistic and professional potential through ongoing education and discovery,” said Pivot Point Chairman and CEO Robert Passage. Winners of the scholarship reflect a shared commitment to lifelong learning, with the most experienced winner, Donna Johnson, graduating beauty school in 1970 and other recipients graduating in the 1980s, 1990s and through 2012.

Beauty Changes Lives Foundation President Lynelle Lynch said the addition of a postgraduate scholarship fills an important space in the Foundation’s scholarship portfolio. “The BCL | Leo Passage Postgraduate Scholarship provides an opportunity to support the educators who are teaching and inspiring the next generation of beauty and wellness professionals,” Lynch said.

Applicants were invited to apply for a scholarship through a video application or a personal essay. A panel of industry judges including iconic hairstylists selected the winners. Applicants’ creative skill sets and collaborative spirits shone through in their video applications. The following are links to 2015 winners’ videos:

Brittany Novak, https://youtu.be/LPM6lZv3V3Y

Victoria O’Brien, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppkG1cXHsUg&feature=youtube_gdata

Debbie Patrick, https://youtu.be/2wj2sqfsR2M

Karlina Melina Uribe, https://youtu.be/wwDC9WGdaXw

Michael Stewart, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiNnrlAvRpA

Latera Olasewere, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC-5Ltc2NYY&feature=youtu.be

Crystal Williams, http://youtu.be/7IVZrb3nH64

http://beautychangeslives.org/