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Beauty Changes Lives Launches Scholarship Competition

The Beauty Changes Lives Enrolled Student Scholarship Competition launched Friday, June 8, providing an opportunity for beauty school students to learn from industry icons in hair, nails, esthetics and celebrity grooming.

Students enrolled in an American Association of Cosmetology Schools member school can review complete competition details and enter the competition.

Each winner will receive a day of mentoring with an industry icon along with a $500 travel allowance. Mentors include: Ted Gibson, celebrity hairstylist; Jan Arnold, co-founder and style director of CND; Howard Murad, MD, renowned dermatologist and published author; and Diana Schmidtke, makeup artist and grooming consultant to many of Hollywood’s leading men.

Four mentoring experiences will be awarded—two to students pursuing a career as a hairstylist, one to a student pursuing a career in nail care and one to a student pursuing a career in esthetics. Winners will be announced during the Cosmetology Educators of America (CEA) Convention, July 27–30, in Orlando.

A judging panel comprised of industry experts will select finalists and winners. Finalists will be selected based on their passion for the industry and the number of online votes their application submissions (one-to-three minute video or essay) receive. Videos and essays must answer the question: How does beauty change lives, and how will you change lives as a beauty and wellness professional?

Judges will be looking for entrants’ creativity in presentation and how they believe a career in beauty will change their lives

There are so many paths to excellence in today’s beauty industry, whether it’s working in a spa or salon, working with celebrities, developing products that transform skin care, to owning a salon. As a beauty and wellness professional, the career paths are endless. All of these careers change lives not just for clients, but for the professionals who provide beauty services,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation.

She added the competition is also unique in that it isn’t a talent competition, but an opportunity for students to share their passion and aspirations for careers in the beauty industry. “This competition connects beauty school students who have a dream with those that are already living the dream. It underscores the support and collegiality that distinguishes the beauty industry and makes it so special,” Lynch said.

Complete information about the Beauty Changes Lives Enrolled Student Scholarship Competition is available at

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation is a 501(c)(3) which seeks to raise awareness of careers in the beauty and wellness industry, while raising funds for beauty school scholarships. The Beauty Changes Lives Enrolled Student Scholarship Competition site is sponsored by Shortcuts Software and Powered by LinkUp Marketing.