The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation Awards Scholarships in Honor of Vidal Sassoon

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, through generous funding from Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart, has awarded 20 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program awards, honoring the legendary entrepreneur and hairstylist. “Vidal Sassoon transformed not just the art and science of hairstyling, but the world’s perception of hairstyling as a career,” said Wella, North America CEO Sal Mauceri. “Many of the applicants in the scholarship competition shared how his artistic, entrepreneurial, and social vision inspired them to pursue a career in beauty,”

Ten beauty school students received basic scholarships funding 50 percent of tuition (up to $10,000) at qualified cosmetology schools,  while ten licensed hairstylists received advanced scholarships covering a five-day course at a Sassoon Academy in North America, including travel, lodging and course fees. Applicants submitted video and essay submissions that were evaluated by a panel of industry professionals. An especially important component of the judging process was the applicant’s expression of how he or she will use a career in beauty and wellness to change lives. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Basic Scholarship winners:


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Elizabeth Carlisle, Metro Beauty Academy

Rachel Cox, Hays Academy of Hair Design

Neil Bellavia, Cinta Aveda Institute

Hanna Powell, Cinta Aveda Institute

Morgan Howard, Aveda Fredric’s Institute

Isabelle Wills, Rudy and Kelly Academy

Amber Valdez, Rudy and Kelly Academy

Kelly Camp-Force, Aveda New York

Dana Pastore, ARROJO Cosmetology School

Lucy Mora, Paul Mitchell the School-Logan

Advanced Scholarship winners:

Rachel Lynn Carr, Salon Vivace

Tara Gross, Salon 600

Shelby Anderson, freelance hairstylist Evgenia Rozea, Unkommen Hair Salon

Antonio Vozzolo, Kimera Salon

Mary Ecker, Synergy Salon

Misti Dort, Salon Red; Suzanne

Grifa, Rejuve Salon & Spa

Jerica Wentzell, Sentia Hair Salon

Danielle Torres, CUSH The Art of Hair