ISPA and PBA Announces Deadlines for 2014 Scholarships


The International SPA Association and the Professional Beauty Association announce the deadlines for their 2014 scholarship opportunities. 

ISPA Foundation 2014 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship application opens

With the help of the International SPA Association (ISPA) Foundation and a wealth of donations, students interested in pursuing a spa management, leadership or entrepreneurship-related career will be able to achieve their dreams. Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship.

“This award, now in its seventh year, has fostered the growth of future leaders,” said ISPA president Lynne McNees. “ISPA trusts this scholarship will continue to encourage and inspire those joining the spa profession.”

The scholarship was created in 2006 and named in honor of Mary Tabacchi, PhD, RD, associate professor, Hospitality Facilities and Operations at Cornell University. Tabacchi is a beloved spa industry veteran and pioneer in spa education.

“This is one of the best awards that ISPA gives, as it is a promise for the future of the spa industry,” said Tabacchi. “The more we put into the future through eager, young, hardworking students, the greater the chance that our industry will remain healthy through growth and innovation.”

The scholarship will be awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student enrolled full-time in a bachelor's or master's program. The recipient will receive $5,000 to offset their education expenses, a complimentary registration, travel stipend and hotel accommodations to attend the 2014 ISPA Conference & Expo, a one-year ISPA student membership and will be assigned a one-year mentor to help navigate their career aspirations.

The ISPA Foundation will present the award at the 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. from October 13 – 15, 2014. More information about attending the 2014 ISPA Conference & Expo can be found at To learn more about eligibility requirements and to access the scholarship application, visit The deadline to apply is April 30, 2014.

PBA now accepting applications for 2014 Minerva Beauty Scholarship

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014 Minerva Beauty Scholarship are now available. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to students currently enrolled in an accredited cosmetology school.

"We are proud to continue this scholarship in 2014 and appreciate the opportunity to give back to the cosmetology community. Supporting the future of the industry through educational assistance has been incredibly rewarding and we are impressed by the ever increasing talent we see entering the field," said Jay Rawl, president of Minerva Beauty, Inc.

The five scholarship recipients will be chosen and notified by email. All scholarships are funded by Minerva Beauty and administered by PBA Foundation. Applications will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the PBA Chair.

Over 120 applications were received for the 2013 PBA Minerva Beauty Scholarship. Although the selection process was difficult given the high caliber of applicants, the PBA committee responsible for awarding scholarships is proud to announce the following 2013 scholarship recipients.

  • Shannon Braunschwieg, Randolph, WI
  • Sergio Estrada, Chicago, IL
  • Erin Nieli, Lantona, FL
  • Tricey Wilks, West Lafayette, IN
  • Andrea Yocky, Venice, CA

The 2014 winners will be honored at a scholarship presentation at the 2015 International Salon and Spa Expo, Long Beach. To download the complete application or for more information on the 2014 Minerva Beauty Cosmetology Scholarship, please visit The application deadline is May 31, 2014.

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