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Helping eligible students find financial assistance to help meet the cost of education is important to us. This is why we have a dedicated team of Financial Aid representatives with years of experience to assist you.

Below are a number of scholarship opportunities that are available to students interested in training in Beauty and Wellness. Details regarding scholarship requirements and deadlines are outlined. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

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The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation

Application Deadline: June 1, 2020

To be considered, applicant must be currently applying for entrance into Cosmetology/Barber School, OR actively enrolled in a Cosmetology/Barber program.

If you graduate from Cosmetology or Barber School between the dates of: January 1st through August 31st of the current award year, you are NOT eligible. Esthetician or Nail training students are NOT eligible.

The Application Process:

  • During the application season, January 1st thru June 1st: Click on the “Apply Online” link below to start your application process. Please review your application carefully to include all financial information, and respond to each question. Incomplete applications cannot be submitted. 
  • For your convenience, the process allows you to save your application as a draft, to return to complete as needed.
  • Please follow the instructions (the online process will guide you through) to submit two letters of recommendation, only when the two letters of recommendation are received will you be allowed to submit your entire application for consideration.
  • Deadline to submit application is June 1, 2020.
  • All applicants will be notified in September of award status.

Please click HERE to apply now!

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Love What You Do Scholarship

Application Deadline: September 30, 2020

The Love What You Do Scholarship is a $2,000 tuition scholarship awarded by Sunstate Academy to 2020 high school seniors who enroll in the cosmetology program.

The scholarship is paid in the following increments when the eligibility requirements are met:
Hour 1- $750
Hour 450- $750
Hour 900- $500

To retain the scholarship students must meet the following conditions:

  • Students must start in the Cosmetology program for which they received the award.
  • Students who transfer to another Sunstate location to complete the same program will not forfeit the scholarship, but will also have the amount disbursed for each term adjusted.
  • Students must maintain continuous enrollment to remain eligible. No interruptions in study are permitted, i.e. Leave of Absence or withdraw.
  • Students must maintain 90% attendance and an 80% GPA to remain eligible for the scholarship.
  • Students must begin school prior to October 1, 2020 to be eligible.

*For additional information and to apply for this scholarship, please call 888-990-4211*

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MUD Makeup Designory

Application Deadline: May 31, 2020

Generously funded by Make-up Designory (MUD), the MUD Makeup Scholarship offers five $2,500.00 scholarships twice a year for a total of $25,000. The MUD scholarship is open to any student attending an accredited Cosmetology and/or esthetics school that offers MUD makeup in their program.

Established in 2016, the MUD Makeup Scholarship is the first Beauty Changes Lives program focused on makeup artistry. Beauty Changes Lives President Lynelle Lynch said, “Beauty Changes Lives is committed to helping individuals pursue the many diverse career paths available in the professional beauty and wellness industry. The addition of a makeup scholarship complements the established scholarship programs that support cosmetology, nail, esthetics and massage therapy programs and allows the Foundation to offer a comprehensive suite of beauty and wellness scholarships.”

Scholarship: Five (5) $2,500 scholarships open from March 1 – May 31, 2020 and September 1 – November 30, 2020. Scholarships are to be used toward esthetics, or makeup program tuition at a MUD Partner School ONLY. 

Requirements: This scholarship is open to new or current cosmetology, esthetics, or makeup students. Student must be attending or enrolled at a MUD Partner School.

Supplemental Questions:

  1. Upload 3 images of your best makeup work
  2. Upload a PUBLIC YouTube Video answering the following questions:A.) How would you benefit from this scholarship? B.) On a make-up artistry level, who has inspired you? C.) What are your professional plans after graduation? D.) Tell us what you know about MUD.

Click HERE to apply.

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Ratner Companies Passion & Purpose Cosmetology Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 31, 2020

Ratner Companies is the largest family owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, operating 1,000 salons under the Hair Cuttery, Bubbles and Salon Cielo brand names. The company was founded by salon professionals Dennis and Ann Ratner, who understand the importance of education and the passion it takes to be successful. Ratner Companies is excited to provide scholarship opportunities to students who are attending an accredited cosmetology program. These scholarships will provide students with financial support so they can enter the beauty industry with a sense of purpose and ready to achieve great success as they share their craft with their guests. Through this program, Ratner Companies and Beauty Changes Lives will help support future salon professionals secure employment and prosper in the beauty industry.

Scholarship: Four (4) Winners will be awarded up to $3,125 towards program tuition.

Qualifications: This scholarship is open to new and current students. Students must provide proof of acceptance and/or proof of attendance at an accredited beauty school.

Requirements: Upload 3 minute YouTube (public) video answering the following questions:
(A.) After researching Dennis and Ann Ratner, what passions do you have in common with them?
(B.) How will you model professionalism, trust and respect for your clients once licensed?
(C.) Are there any challenges you’ve overcome or life-changing situations? Describe who you learned and grew from them.
(D.) “Why is Beauty your passion and how will your career in Beauty fulfill your purpose?


Click HERE to apply

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Horst Rechelbacher – Sustainable Beginnings

Application Deadline: May 31, 2020

In 1978, Horst Rechelbacher founded the Aveda Corporation, a global plant-based cosmetic company, & ushered a new consciousness into the world of beauty. Two decades later, he shifted focus to Intelligent Nutrients, a health & beauty company that lives to the highest standards of certified organic ingredients to sustainable plant-based chemistry. All of Horst’s innovations revolved around beauty products that would care for professionals, their guests & the planet through the power of pure flower & plant essences.

Horst’s entrepreneurial vision is to create successful businesses in partnership with nature. As he puts it, “Business can be a solution to our planet’s crisis rather than the problem. We are at the threshold of the Sustainable Evolution, and I believe it will be even greater than the industrial revolution. It is a very exciting time for innovative thinkers and future-minded entrepreneurs, who I call ‘Ecopreneurs.’

This scholarship is for prospective or currently enrolled student of the beauty industry. The “Sustainable Beginnings” scholarship is designed to financially support those seeking licensure in the fields of cosmetology or barbering.

Award Amount | # of Recipients

$2,000 total award for 2020. Winners awarded: 3- Spring, 3-Summer, 4- Fall Season

Scholarship requirements:

  • Must be a new or currently enrolled student in a cosmetology or barbering program
  • Must upload proof of enrollment i.e.: acceptance letter or progress report from school

Application must include a 3-5 minute video answering the following questions:
(A.) Describe why environmental sustainability is important to you.
(B.) Describe one step that you have taken to help decrease waste.
(C.) After researching Horst Rechelbacher, what passions do you have in common with him?

Click HERE to apply!

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Moroccanoil Courage to Dream Scholarship

Application Deadline: May 31, 2020

The Moroccanoil Courage to Dream Scholarship  was created to  honor  and encourage the education of anyone who has overcome overwhelming obstacles that have prevented them from pursuing their dream of a career in beauty. The scholarship recognizes the perseverance, tenacity and grit that distinguish so many beauty professionals’ paths to success. Whether a health burden, challenging life circumstances  or  other hardship, the  obstacles along the path can fuel a professional’s journey to success. This scholarship recognizes and celebrates those who believe their craft can make a difference and are willing to push through barriers to achieve their dream of a career in beauty.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must be a new or currently enrolled student in a cosmetology program
  • Must upload proof of enrollment i.e.: acceptance letter or progress report from school
  • Application must include three (3) photos of your artistic work on a mannequin, client, friends or family showing your creative abilities
  • Application must include a 3-5-minute video answering the following questions:
  1. Describe a situation where you’ve displayed immense courage; Found the energy to persevere against all odds. Please describe a through a hardship you’ve overcome through
  2. Include a description of what having the “courage to dream” means to

Scholarship Amount:

Three (3) $5,000 awards for the year of 2020

Scholarship Seasons:

  • Spring 2020 (March 1- May 30, 2020)
    • One (1) Courage to Dream Scholarship Winner
  • Fall 2020 (September 1- November 30, 2020)
    • Two (2) Courage to Dream Scholarship Winners

Click HERE to apply!

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