Babor, a leader in high-performing skincare, is recognizing high-performing next gen estheticians with two Breaking Boundaries scholarships. Embracing the spirit of BABOR, the scholarship celebrates inclusivity, diversity and the many pathways to career satisfaction available to licensed professionals. The tuition scholarships open educational doors of opportunity that prepare students  to meet spa employers’ demand for estheticians, massage therapists and beauty professionals. Embracing the values of diversity and inclusion rooted in the Babor culture, the scholarship supports BIPOC students who press through boundaries while pursuing their dream of a career in professional skincare. Meet the winners and their respective schools below: 

Fall 2021 Winners

MaKayla Gentry


Moler Hollywood Beauty Academy, Cincinnati, OH 

When MaKayla sees a need in the world around her, she takes action to create a change. As a student at the University of Cincinnati, MaKayla led efforts to develop an ethnic dance group like performing groups at historically Black colleges and universities. Her efforts led to the Classy Cats, a dance group that has performed with the university’s athletic department. “I’m proud of going outside of my comfort zone and outside of the norm to launch something that is still part of the university,” said MaKayla. As a skincare professional, MaKayla wants to combine her bachelor’s degree in environmental science with her esthetics education to create an organic, cruelty-free skincare line that is kind to the planet. She envisions her products helping people push through skincare challenges she experienced, such as hyperpigmentation and acne. Watch her video here. 

Olaedo Ukeekwe


Bennett Career Institute, Washington, D.C. 

Olaedo wants to reset the beauty standard which has historically focused on a very narrow definition of beauty. As an esthetician, Olaedo wants to learn all aspects of the craft – from skincare therapies to makeup application, hair removal, and lash extensions. She plans to specialize as a certified medical esthetician providing treatments that serve all ethnicities and genders. Ultimately, her five-year plan includes building on her skincare background with a professional makeup line. And she’s willing to put in the work to make her dream come true. “One thing I’ve learned is the work is never going to work out if you don’t do it” she