CND, the global leader in professional nail care, and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation (BCL), a non-profit initiative of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS), announced Sunday at I Heart CND Orlando the first regional extension of the BCL | CND | Tippi Hedren Nail Scholarship Fund. In an effort to support the local communities of the original scholarship’s donors, the inaugural localized scholarship program is being funded by Sunny Beauty Supply, one of CND’s loyal distributors in Orlando. Twenty scholarship winners will each receive $500 tuition assistance and a CND tool and product kit (total value $1,500).
“It is so critical that we continue to support a scholarship that has already provided 20 aspiring Nail Pros the opportunity to follow their passion,” said CND Co-founder and Beauty Changes Lives Foundation board member Jan Arnold. “Thanks to the generous donation from regional distributors like Sunny Beauty Supply, we are enhancing the scholarship by targeting specific regions and supporting their local communities.”
The Scholarship Fund first started in 2014 to support professional nail education. CND and their co-donors funded the original BCL | CND | Tippi Hedren Nail Scholarship program, honoring actress and humanitarian Tippi Hedren. For decades, Ms. Hedren has served as an advocate and champion of the professional nail care community, helping thousands of individuals find rewarding careers as entrepreneurs and nail care technicians. BCL is a non-profit initiative of the AACS and serves as the administering body for the scholarships.
“Our donors are so passionate about encouraging aspiring Nail Pros to follow their dreams and establish successful careers,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation. “With the initial success of the Scholarship Fund, donors wanted to broaden that support to reach the people in their own communities. The Orlando Scholarship Fund is the first opportunity we will have to empower aspiring Professionals on a local level.”
Information on Beauty Changes Lives scholarship programs, including the next BCL | CND | Tippi Hedren Scholarship in Orlando program opening March 30, 2015, is available at www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships.
About: Founded in 1979 and based in San Diego, CA, CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.) is the global leader in professional nail, hand and foot beauty - including CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color. Deeply committed to advancing the nail care industry, CND devotes significant time and resources to product research and development, education, and customer support. CND is an industry-leading advocate for the role of nail care in personal beauty and fashion.
The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is a 501(c)(3) created by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools to build awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities available in the beauty and wellness industry and massage therapy. The Foundation also organizes and participates in numerous philanthropic fun.
Image left to right: Stacey D’Abate (CND Sales Manager), Tony Nguyen (Sunny Beauty Supply), Johnny Ho (Sunny Beauty Supply), Heather Widler (BCL), Annie Vo (Sunny Beauty Supply), Jan Arnold (CND Co-founder & Style Director)