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Scholarships & Grants

Industry associations are a terrific resource for scholarships.  These associations are made up of individuals who once were students.  They believe in giving back & supporting their industry.  Please take a minute to review each of the grants below.

ACE Program is designed to help you begin your career in cosmetology. The ACE Program is the first ever industry-wide effort to encourage highly motivated and qualified individuals to join the world of cosmetology.

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Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships

Established as a 501c3 in 2013, Beauty Changes Lives is a non-profit organization awarding beauty school tuition scholarships generously funded by leading beauty brands. The Beauty Changes Lives scholarship portfolio includes tuition scholarships for aspiring hairstylists, nail professionals, estheticians, makeup artists, massage therapists and barbers. In addition to “basic” scholarships, Beauty Changes Lives offers “advanced” scholarships for licensed professionals, including beauty educators. Since its inception, Beauty Changes Lives has awarded more than 500 scholarships, opening doors of opportunity that range from working behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, to opening thriving businesses.

For more information, visit www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships. Or call BCL directly at 760-733-8383


The BeautySchoolsDirectory.com team is proud to offer a $2,500 scholarship for students and professionals changing others’ lives through wellness and beauty. If you’re ready to begin a fulfilling and rewarding career in the beauty and wellness industry, or if you are continuing your education to pursue your next career goal, submit the application form below for the chance to win a $2,500 scholarship toward your tuition and education expenses.

For more information go to https://www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com/cosmetology-school-scholarships.php.

For a full list of scholarships from Beauty Schools Directory go to https://www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com/financial-aid/scholarships

The scholarship is from Buy-Rite Beauty, and is for $1,000 for those students interested in pursuing a degree in cosmetology. All participants must have applied to or be enrolled in as full-time beautician/cosmetology students.

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The annual Great Scholarship Program, given in memory of Alice Madden Barton, offers financial assistance to students across North America totaling over $100,000. The program supports those students pursuing careers in cosmetology by providing tuition assistance. Alice Madden Barton saw firsthand how a career in cosmetology provided opportunity for growth and financial stability. Her hope was that more “young folks” have the same opportunity, so Ray and Rhoda (Great Clips Chairman and Co-Chair of the Board) started the Great Scholarship Program in her memory.

Scholarship values provided by Great Clips, Inc.

Great Clips, Inc. funds this national recruiting program. A total of twenty-two $5,000 scholarships will be given annually to students throughout the United States and Canada.

How students apply

The application is open year-round. Students will fill out an application and essay question by visiting greatclipscareers.com/scholarships or texting “SCHOLARSHIP” to 98765.

Scholarship applicants will have an opportunity for award during two calendar periods, spring, and fall. Students applying from January 15-September 1 are eligible for the current calendar year Great Scholarship Program. Students that apply after September 1, will be eligible for the Great Scholarship Program for the following year if they remain students and have a balance on their tuition. Applicants must comply with the Terms and Conditions of the Great Scholarship Program. Checks will be made out to the cosmetology schools (or financial institution that holds the loan) to be used towards the winner’s balance.


The scholarship is from EstheticianEDU.org and is for $500 for those students interested in pursuing a degree in esthetics or a certificate program. Any recently accepted or currently enrolled student in a qualifying esthetics associate’s degree or certificate program are eligible to apply.

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This Scholarship awards $5,000 towards program tuition and is open to newly accepted and currently enrolled cosmetology students who identify as Black/African American. Applications accepted from September 1 – November 30, 2021.

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The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation was established in 1994 by his wife of 39 years, Flo Francis, and the many people whom Joe Francis advised and mentored to their own success in the industry. The mission of the foundation is to help deserving students receive financial assistance for the professional training necessary to build successful, long-term careers in the cosmetology industry. Applications are accepted January 1st through June 1st each year.

For more information go to www.joefrancis.com

Keller International now offers a unique cosmetology scholarship opportunity for one student each year as a way to alleviate some of the financial burden they accrue during their educational journey. The winner of this contest will be rewarded $1000.00 towards their tuition fees!* This scholarship is open to cosmetology and barber students.

For more information click here.


Introducing the ROSY REWARDS scholarship program by Rosy Salon Software. A $10,000 annual scholarship fund just for future salon professionals! Are you a Cosmetology student? Are you as passionate about the industry as we are? Do you know somebody else who is? Enter for a chance to win one of 12 scholarships offered annually! Awarded quarterly.

For more information click here.

We participate in the United States federal student aid program which includes grants & loans.  We are members of & support our industry associations.  These associations have grants available too.