Spring 2019 Arnold M. Miller Foundation Scholarships Winners Announced at America’s Beauty Show

Spring 2019 Arnold M. Miller Foundation Scholarships Winners Announced at America’s Beauty Show

(April 1, 2019 – CHICAGO) Five students enrolled in cosmetology, barbering or esthetic programs are finding a way to pursue their dreams courtesy of scholarships funded by the Sydell & Arnold Miller Family Foundation. Winners were announced in Chicago during America’s Beauty Show. The scholarships are funded by a $1,000,000 scholarship endowment announced in 2017 by the Sydell & Arnold Miller Family Foundation.

The new scholarships celebrate the legacy of two iconic beauty and wellness influencers who transformed the art and science of beauty education – Sydell and Arnold Miller, the co-founders of Matrix Essentials. Three new artistic scholarships, as well as the signature Find-A-Way cosmetology scholarship and Total Image Esthetics Scholarship were awarded to applicants in an intense, national competition.  Winners are as follows:

The Arnold M. Miller │Find-A-Way Student Scholarship

Jennifer Lord, @naturalhollywood, Arrojo Cosmetology School, Brooklyn, NY

While Jennifer’s father was a barber, her parents encouraged her to find something “more secure” and attend college. But Jennifer found a college degree was no assurance of security when the young mom was laid off as a teacher and struggled with student loans. She discovered that “natural hair” required no license and started honing her artistic skills. “Natural hair saved my life,” says Jennifer. She recently channeled her creativity into a natural hair coffee table book and eventually aspires to work as an editorial stylist. Watch her video here.

The Sydell L. Miller│Total Image Esthetics Student Scholarship

Shauntavia Ward, @shauninmyelemint, Aveda Institute, Austin, TX

A registered nurse and nurse practitioner, Shantavia says there is a close relationship between healthy skin and mental health. “”When people can’t put their best face forward, they usually don’t perform well,” she says. Becoming a nurse esthetician will allow her to bridge the gap between skincare and wellness. Watch her video here.


The Sydell & Arnold Miller Family │Art of Haircutting Student Scholarship

Kristyl Rodriguez, – Bellus Academy, San Diego, Calif.

As a teen, Kristyl felt misunderstood and frustrated that the world didn’t recognize her competitive and creative nature. After a series of destructive choices, Kristyl found purpose and direction when she enrolled in the U.S. Marine Corp. In the Marines, Kristyl discovered a talent and a passion for barbering, including edgy cuts. “I found out what feeds my soul and my goal is to fill any void people carry into my chair, as I change the world one haircut at a time,” says Kristyl. Check out her inspiring video.

The Sydell & Arnold Miller Family l Art of Hairdressing Scholarship

Isabel Polzin, Z Hair Academy, Lees Summit, Mo.

Convincing friends and family that cosmetology is a viable, rewarding career wasn’t easy for Isabel, but they were swayed by her talent, passion and commitment to get the best education to make her dream a reality. Unfortunately, a high school counselor downplayed her dream and even told her she would never make a viable living at the career. Undeterred, Isabel is pursuing her lifelong dream to use her talents in a way that makes her smile. “Every time I see  someone smile after I’ve  done their hair, I feel like I’ve touched their life,”  she says in her application video.


Sydell & Arnold Miller Family │Art of Hair Coloring Scholarship

Heather Wilson, @heatherwilsonhairpins, Aveda Institute, Atlanta, GA

Heather believes it’s never too late to re-launch a career. As a mom and wife, Heather is poised to turn her passion for hair color into a career as a colorist. “Changing your hair color is the easiest way to change your look and your view,” says Heather. She adds that hair color is more than a skill. “Color is not just what you see; it’s what you feel,” she states in her application video that shows off dramatic hues and textures in hues of green and blue.




Announcing the scholarships, Sydell Miller said, “Giving back to help others was always part of the way Arnie and I approached life and business. Helping sustain the industry’s future decades is a responsibility we are honored to support.”


“The humanitarian efforts of the Millers continue to change lives,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation. “Their commitment to equipping and empowering the future is an inspiration to every stakeholder in the professional beauty industry.”

European Wax Center Announces Winners of Inaugural “Don’t Hesitate” Scholarship

European Wax Center Announces Winners of Inaugural “Don’t Hesitate” Scholarship 

(April 1, 2019 – San Diego) European Wax Center (EWC), one of the world’s fastest growing beauty lifestyle service brands, is excited to announce four winners of the “European Wax Center │Don’t Hesitate scholarship. Awarded exclusively to EWC employees, the scholarship is administered by Beauty Changes Lives. Each awardee’s school receives a $5,000 tuition scholarship toward the student’s esthetics or cosmetology education. In their application videos, winners shared their “don’t hesitate” confidence. Winners and their respective schools are:


Mackenzie Farley, Bayonne, NJ, IG @mackfarley

Capri Institute

After just a few weeks working at EWC, Mackenzie knew she’d found her calling in helping guests feel more confident in their own skin. Remarking on how she helps clients find their unapologetic confidence, Mackenzie says in her video, “I am inspired by watching my guests walk in, but strut out. I want to help each guest feel beautiful, radiant and confident.”

Haley Rodwald, Prior Lake, Minn., IG @heyitz_haymae

Empire Beauty School

An advocate for personal branding, Haley states in her application video, “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card and how you leave others feeling becomes your trademark.” But her best inspiration comes from a note her mom wrote in her yearbook, “If you have nice eyebrows, you literally have everything you need in life. May you always have a nice sharp eyebrow pencil.”

Baillie Jo Slaughter, Moorehead, Minn. IG, @bailistafari

Josef’s School of Hair, Skin & Body

In her application video, Baillie speaks about self-confidence and empowering others to find their own confidence. “I’m not sorry for the amount of love and support I have for myself because it helps me encourage others,” she says. “When there is someone cheering you on and encouraging you to go past your fears, you’ll have the confidence to create and try new challenges.”

Cassandra Funk, Allentown, PA, @cutsbycassi

Metro Beauty Academy

Cassandra says it took time for her to develop unapologetic confidence and she wants to pay her confidence forward. “One reason I re-enrolled in cosmetology school was to help others find their confidence, feel comfortable taking risks and not hesitate from going after what they were previously scared to pursue,” she says in her application video.

“European Wax Center is proud to support women through educational opportunities. We are grateful for the success we’ve had as a brand, and these scholarships are our way to pay it forward so that every one of the recipients can pursue a confident career without hesitation,” said Sherry Baker, President of Marketing and Product Development, European Wax Center.

The Don’t Hesitate scholarship reflects growing demand for licensed beauty professionals.  According to a report published by Career Education College & Universities (CECU), nearly 800,000 beauty and spa professionals will be needed in the next decade to meet employer demand. A 2017 study published by the International Spa Association reported more than 30,000 positions in the professional spa industry are currently unfilled.

“European Wax Center’s generosity is helping the Foundation and partners throughout the industry galvanize resources that celebrate the opportunities available to licensed beauty and wellness professionals and the confidence to pursue these opportunities without hesitation,” said Lynelle Lynch, Beauty Changes Lives President.

Beauty Changes Lives Spring 2016 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Winners

San Diego, Cali. (May 25, 2016) – The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, through generous funding from Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart, is pleased to award 20 Spring 2016 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education scholarships. Launched in 2013, the nationwide competition awards 10 “Basic” scholarships covering 50% of tuition (up to $10,000) to students enrolled in a cosmetology program at a qualified school. In addition, 10 licensed hairstylists are awarded continuing education scholarships to attend a North American Sassoon Academy, including travel and course fees up to $5,000.

Winners are determined by a panel of award-winning hairstylists, platform artists and educators. Each applicant is given a composite score that weighs written essays, inspiration boards and online videos. While professionalism and technical details are important in scoring, judges focus on each applicant’s passion for the industry and vision for how their career in beauty will change lives.

Spring 2016 winners of the “Basic” Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Program and their respective schools are as follows:

Caitlyn Boland – Arrojo Cosmetology School, New York, NY
Kevin Campos – Arrojo Cosmetology School, New York, NY
Christina Davis – Penrose Academy, Scottsdale, NY
Cody Hill – Summit Salon Academy, Tampa, FL
Erika Katz – Douglas J. Aveda, Chicago, IL
Tehya Marciniak – The Salon Professional Academy, Appleton, WI
Shelby Marcus – Aveda Institute, South Austin, TX
Alexa Muir – Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair, West Jordan, UT
Christina Palumbo – Arrojo Cosmetology, New York, NY
Tami Skendzel – Paul Mitchell the School, Richland Richland WA

Spring 2016 winners of the “Advanced” Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Program and their employers are as follows:

Caitlyn Duffy – Salon Red, Atlanta, GA
Lindsey Garrett – The Parlor St. Johns, Portland, OR
Stella Hay – Voo Doo Hair Lounge, Boulder, CO
Leia’ Love – Leia’ Love Hair & Nail Salon, Fairlawn, OH
Marc Mapile – Dej Salon Sherman, Oaks, CA
Lizz Praedin – Nicole Lynne Salon, Allentown, PA
Katelyn Quigney – Nicole Lynne Salon, Allentown, PA
Carla Ramos – 2nd Level Barbershop, Poughkeepsie, NY
Heather Tabor – Pink West Salon, Dripping Springs, TX
Julz Taus – Coda Sutra Salon, Torrance, CA

The multi-year, $1.5M scholarship program honors the legacy of Vidal Sassoon, his passion for lifelong learning and the value he placed on the hairstylist as educator. Advanced winner Julz Taus Coda shares Sassoon’s passion for education, particularly at a time when next gen talent relies heavily on technology as a teaching tool. “Teaching lets me cultivate the compassion and support that are so critical in learning and it’s something this industry is at risk of losing,” Taus says, noting that previous generations of stylists had to learn how to enhance their craft by learning from each other.

Spring 2016 “Basic” scholarship winners will bring a wide breadth of career experiences into the cosmetology classroom including work in finance, health care and professional theater. “The Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program is making it possible for individuals to pursue a long-deferred dream of a career in beauty,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation.

Learn more at beautychangeslives.org/scholarships/.

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