Dermalogica, a skincare brand with a legacy of leading through education and mentorship, is giving back to support next gen estheticians with two “New Beginnings” scholarship awards. Combining a $5,000 gift and a six-month mentorship, the scholarship is administered by Beauty Changes Lives. Meet the scholarship winners and their respective schools below.

Fall 2021 “New Beginnings” Winners

Anastasia Colligan


Lotus Professional College, Richmond, VA

For Anastasia, skincare is not only a passion project, but a subject of continuing study that informs her self-care practices. Her commitment to skincare starts with her own regimen. “I avoid the sun, swear by SPF, cleanse twice daily and drink lots of water,” she says. The busy mom and esthetics student wants to share her skincare knowledge with others upon completing her esthetics program. “I want to be a powerhouse of knowledge in my community and hold workshops to show others how to care for their skin. I’ll mix it up and make skincare fun,” she says.  Watch her video here.

Valerie Lopez


American Beauty and Barber Academy, Reading, PA

Valerie’s parents moved from Puerto Rico to Pennsylvania with a dream of giving their daughter something that could never be taken away – education. But after earning a degree in social work, Valerie felt unfulfilled. In researching her career path forward, Valerie says esthetics found her and opened a new world of possibilities. She looks forward to blending photography, makeup, and skincare into a bi-lingual skincare practice. “I want my clients to feel beautiful and I plan to photograph them, so they’ll always remember how they felt when they received services from me,” she says.  She looks forward to offering a safe space where all clients can receive professional treatment regardless of their ethnicity or how they identify Watch her video here.

Summer 2021 “New Beginnings” Winners

Kiet Duong


Advance Beauty College, Garden Grove, CA

Imagine “Leaf”as a place where clients can relax, hang out and get educated. Kiet aspires to open a spa rooted in the belief that skincare education can remove insecurities and contribute to skincare. “If you take the time to educate people on healthy habits, you can change the view of skincare,” says Kiet. He believes that skincare education earlier in his life would have meant fewer insecurities. He plans to use his $5,000 award to invest in products for the Belief Spa he plans to open following completion of his studies.

Watch their application video here.

Johnathan Hererra


Salon Success Academy, Upland, CA

Jonathan’s approach to skincare draws on the spiritual ethos of his Native American heritage as well as elements of the Hispanic, Queer and SoCal community. “Esthetics is so much more than skin deep. Practicing skincare is ultimately a commitment you make to your best self and a confirmation that you are worth the time money and effort,” he says. Not one to shy away from innovations, Johnathan proposes, “Maybe natural isn’t always better and science isn’t so bad.” Upon completing his esthetics program, he looks forward to opening a spa that helps clients look and feel their best.

Watch their application video here.

Dermalogica has generously funded the “New beginnings” Esthetics scholarship.  This scholarship is open to students who identify as a Person of Color who are newly accepted or currently enrolled in an esthetics program at a Dermalogica partner school.  In addition to tuition funding, this scholarship also includes a 6 month mentorship with a Licensed skin therapist.

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