Murad LLC and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation are helping five esthetics students pursue their dreams of careers in skincare. The second class of BCL’s Murad Esthetic Scholarship winners has been selected by a panel of skincare experts. Each winner will receive a $2,250 tuition scholarship. Winners and their respective esthetics schools are as follows:

  • Chelsea Rieu-Torrez, Aveda Institute, Denver, CO
  • April McKeeth, Salon Professional Academy, Onalaska, WI
  • Nicole Nichols, Penrose Academy, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Elizabeth Taylor, Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics, New York, NY
  • Ashley Stoltz, Cinta Aveda Institute, San Francisco, CA

Each winner submitted an inspiration board or online video expressing how a career in esthetics will change their lives and the lives of those they serve. Winners’ applications drew on personal experiences battling acne, dealing with skin sensitivities and working in the retail skincare sector. Winners also addressed their dreams of helping others look and feel better. Scholarship recipient Elizabeth Taylor founded True Beauty Brooklyn, a boutique dedicated to natural skincare. “I love that I get out of bed to educate people about my passion for skincare and plant seeds of passion in them. Now I want to take my passion to the next level by obtaining an esthetics license and offering a broader scale of holistic skincare services,” she said.

Announcing the 2015 launch of the scholarship program, Howard Murad, M.D. FAAD stated, “An integral part of my inclusive health approach to health and wellness is esthetics. I have seen the healing power of estheticians in my practice and I truly value the impact their work has on people. I am thrilled to be able to support these scholarship recipients and the incredible potential that can be achieved through a career in beauty.”

BCL Foundation President Lynelle Lynch said the scholarship supports increasing demand for highly educated skincare specialists. “Beauty and luxury lifestyle editors attending ISPA West wanted to learn more about the training involved in preparing skincare professionals. The Murad scholarship demonstrates the support one of the world’s most renowned skincare brands is investing to prepare next-generation skincare professionals,” she stated.

Murad, LLC funds two BCL|Murad competitions annually. The Fall 2016 competition opens August 8, 2016. For additional information on BCL scholarship offerings, visit