The Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation was founded to honor a successful Paul Mitchell School graduate whose struggle against mental illness ended tragically in suicide. The foundation helps cosmetology students, graduates, their families, and cosmetology-related enterprises. Funds have provided educational opportunities, hurricane relief, and support in the fights against breast cancer, domestic violence, and other destroyers of self-esteem.
The grant will allow Beauty Changes Lives the opportunity to offer scholarships to students in nearly every aspect of the beauty industry, including barber, cosmetology, esthetics, and/or nail licensure programs.
The inaugural scholarship winners are as follows:
Paola Meneses, Valley Village, Calif., Aveda Institute
Ivie Slaughter, League City, Texas, Paul Mitchell the School I Webster
Latoya Benjamin, Summerville, S.C., Paul Mitchell I The School