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Scholarship Aims to “Change Lives” of Students and Beauty Professionals

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The Spring 2015 Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Competition is accepting applications February 2 through March 23. The program’s “Basic” competition is open to students pursuing a career in the professional beauty industry at an American Association of Cosmetology Schools member school and the “Advanced” competition is open to licensed hairstylists. Winners of the “Basic” competition will receive 50 percent of beauty school tuition (up to $10,000), while “Advanced” competition winners will be awarded a five-day course at a Sassoon Academy in North America (up to $5,000 including travel, lodging and course fees).

Administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, a 501(c)(3) initiative of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, and funded through the generous support of Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart, the competition honors the legacy of the late Vidal Sassoon.

The Spring 2015 competition is part of a $1.5M scholarship donation by Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart that runs through 2017. Winners are selected based on their written or video applications explaining how they plan to change lives through a career in the beauty and wellness industry. Complete details and an online application are available at www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships.

Entrants’ applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges representing some of the most accomplished names in the beauty and wellness industry. “The competition provides a wonderful opportunity for students and professionals to share their passion for beauty with some of the industry’s most revered names,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation. Submissions will be available at Bloom.com, http://www.bloom.com/, the world’s largest social beauty network.

“Throughout his career, Vidal Sassoon was an advocate and champion for ongoing education,” said Wella North America CEO, Sal Mauceri. “This competition provides an opportunity for us to honor his legacy through the gift of education.”

The Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Competition is an integral part of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation’s effort to change lives through the gift of education. “We are humbled and overwhelmed by the generosity of beauty and wellness professionals throughout the industry, who have donated more than $750,000 to the Foundation since its inception,” said Lynch.

For more information on the Basic and Advanced scholarships and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, please visit: www.beautychangeslives.org and www.hairdressersatheart.com.

About the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation: The 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, wellness and massage therapy industries through the gift of educational scholarships. The Foundation also organizes and participates in numerous philanthropic fundraisers that shine the spotlight on the charitable initiatives of the beauty and wellness community. To learn more about Beauty Changes Lives scholarships and programs, visit www.beautychangeslives.org.

About Wella, the Salon Professional Division of P&G: Wella’s products help make beauty dreams real every day for millions of stylists and consumers worldwide. Wella brands are distributed in more than 180,000 salons across the globe, and include Wella Professionals Care and Styling as well as Koleston Perfect, Illumina Color, Color Touch and Blondor by Wella Professionals; Sebastian Professional; Clairol Professional and Nioxin. The Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship grant is part of Wella’s “Hairdressers at Heart,” an industry-wide program that supports stylists at each stage of their career with scholarships, through artistic competition, and with assisted child care and salon grants for community service.

About Sassoon Academy: Sassoon Academy offers its celebrated, industry-leading philosophy and courses worldwide through its renowned Academies, and instructional DVDs and books. All classes are developed and designed to be contemporary, relevant and forward thinking and are delivered with passion, commitment and technical excellence. The aim is to share the knowledge that is gained in the development of our craft and ensure that our students gain real commercial skills from our courses, as well as take away a piece of the culture that created Sassoon. To learn more about Sassoon Academy, visit www.sassoon.com or follow us on Facebook: facebook.com/SassoonAcademy, Twitter: twitter.com/SassoonAcademy and Instagram: @sassoonacademyofficial.

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