The Sage Michaela Lucas Timing is Everything scholarship is generously funded by Circadia, a pioneer in the science of chronobiology and skincare. The Sage Michaela Lucas Timing is Everything award celebrates diversity, inclusivity and affirmation. 

The scholarship is open to esthetics students enrolled in an accredited program and who identify as black, indigenous or persons of color (BIPOC). The scholarship grant targets esthetic students pursuing a career in aesthetics, skincare formulation and/or cosmetic chemistry.

Fall 2021 Winners

Circadia "Timing is Everything"

Chandali Gullick


Sami Halaseh Institute, Andover, KS

For Chandali, beauty is a quality conveyed by a person’s presence and shines through in that person’s voice. Chandali found her voice when she opened The Hair Store, a beauty supply store. “Opening my store was the first time in my life I felt like I knew what I was supposed to be doing because I was helping women feel beautiful and also providing that confidence for them to tap deeper into what makes them happy,” she says. Upon finding her voice, Chandali sought to amplify it on her Youtube channel, helping others learn to like who they see in the mirror. “Becoming an esthetician is allowing me to help others discover the beauty within and that’s something I take a lot of joy in,” she says. Watch her video here.

Circadia "Timing is Everything"

Lauren Jackson


Salon Success Academy, Upland, CA

When Lauren enrolled in beauty school, another Black student came alongside to help guide her through the ins and outs of school. “That kindness helped me tremendously and I choose to pay it forward to others,” she says. Helping others is part of Lauren’s personal ethos and she’s long wanted to establish a scholarship named for her grandmother that honors those who persevere through personal struggles. Recently, Lauren discovered the work Dr. Thuy Doan is advancing on facial balancing and decided to reach out to Dr. Doan on social media. The doctor’s response provided positive affirmation that Lauren is on the right path. Remarking on what she hopes to achieve as she begins her esthetician’s journey, Lauren says, “I want to encourage everyone to be advocates for themselves and invest in themselves.” Watch her video here.

Circadia "Timing is Everything"

Filsen Adam


PCI Academy, Plymouth, MN

Filsen is inspired by Shirley Raines, an LA-based cosmetologist who runs the non-profit Beauty to the Streetz. “With the pandemic and George Floyd travesty in my home state, Minnesota has been through so much and we could benefit from a beautiful initiative right now,” she says. As a person of color, Filsen sees a need to center more education on different ethnicities especially in curriculum materials. As an advocate, Filsen would like to start a non-profit to help women and girls with hygiene needs. And after earning her licensure, she hopes to offer tattoo removal services to people previously incarcerated. “I know how hard it can be to move forward when it feels like a decision you made in the past is holding you back,” she says. Watch her video here.