Scholarships

See below for a complete list of scholarship opportunities available to Continental students including detailed information about requirements and deadlines for applying.

Congratulations to Continental School of Beauty graduate Yetunde Dozier for winning the JCS Nourish & Shine scholarship offered through the Beauty Changes Lives foundation.

Madison Reed Confident is new Beautiful

Madison Reed Confident is the new Beautiful – Cosmetology Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

Madison Reed is founded on the belief that we all deserve better. Better hair color made with better ingredients, and better care not only for our hair, but for our clients, team members, and community. It’s about confidence, helping people feel like their best selves, and about community, giving back to causes that align with our values of Love, Joy, Courage, Trust, and Responsibility.

At Madison Reed, we pride ourselves on a shared sense of inclusion and belonging. We are deeply committed to equality, and work with our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee to ensure the heart and soul of our brand values are demonstrated in how we hire, recognize, support, and promote our people.

Scholarship Award Details:

  • Award Amount | # of Recipients
  • Five (5) scholarship are available during our fall 2021 season open from September 1 – November 30, 2021 for $5,000 each.

Applicant Requirements 

  • Madison Reed scholarships are open to currently enrolled students or those accepted into a cosmetology program in 2021, leading to licensure.
  • Must be a US Citizen  at the time application is submitted
  • For 2 of the 5 scholarships, applicants must identify as a person of color to qualify

Application Requirements

1. Complete online application and submit legible proof of enrollment or acceptance to a cosmetology program by uploading either: an acceptance letter, progress report, or official letter from your school (include the name of the school and your first and last name on the form).

2. Answer the following questions via a 3-minute (maximum) YouTube video with a public link:

  • How do you see the beauty industry as a platform for social change and how do you hope to make an impact?
  • What or who inspired you to become a licensed cosmetologist?
  • Madison Reed’s core values are Love, Joy, Courage, Trust & Responsibility. Briefly describe how you plan to consistently model these values as a beauty professional?

Must include #MadisonReedColor in Public Youtube title.

Applications accepted from September 1 – November 30, 2021!

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OPI Professional Nail Technician Scholarship

OPI’s “A Great Opera-Tunity” Nail Technician Scholarship

Application Deadline: February 28, 2022

OPI’s “A Great Opera-Tunity” scholarship will be awarded through the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation and is open to newly accepted or currently enrolled POC students in a nail technology program that leads to licensure in the U.S. or Canada.  To qualify, applicants must identify as a person of color.

Award Amount | # of Recipients

$36,000 Total Donation / twelve (12) $3,000 scholarships will be available during our 2021 and 2022 scholarship years.

Fall Season 2021– four (4) $3,000 scholarships available / Open from: September 1, 2021 – November 30, 2021

Winter Season 2022– four (4) $3,000 scholarships available / Open from: December 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022

Applicant Requirements

  • The OPI “A Great Opera-tunity scholarship is open to newly accepted or currently enrolled POC students in a nail technology program leading to licensure in the U.S. or Canada.  To qualify, applicants must identify as a person of color.

Application Requirements –

  • Complete online application and submit proof of enrollment / acceptance in a nail technology program. You must upload either an enrollment document, official acceptance letter, or progress report from your school.

Submit a 3-minute maximum, YouTube video with a public link answering the following questions:

  1. Name a nail art beauty influencer that inspires you; how do you hope to inspire the next generation of nail artists?
  2. How will OPI’s “Opera-tunity” scholarship help you achieve your goals?
  3. If you could name a future, best-selling OPI lacquer that would describe your best self – what would it be – use your imagination!

ABOUT OPI

As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI, a division of The Wella Company, is committed to providing high-quality products and services with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting, and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers.

Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and offers a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools and acrylics. OPI places a strong emphasis on corporate social responsibility by raising funds and awareness for numerous charities through retail partnerships and grassroots philanthropic initiatives.

Applications accepted from September 1 – November 30, 2021 and December 1, 2021 – February 28, 2022!

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Renée Rouleau Esthetics Scholarship

Renée Rouleau Esthetics Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

It’s been over 30 years now since I started my esthetics journey, following in the footsteps of my grandmother who inspired me to pursue a career in beauty like she did. I have had great mentors along the way who believed in me and contributed to my success, so it is so very exciting to launch the Renée Rouleau Esthetician Scholarship, with the help of Beauty Changes Lives. To be able to support the next generation of estheticians in their journey brings me tremendous joy.

Being an esthetician has been such an emotionally rewarding for me and I have certainly learned that beauty is more than skin deep. The healing power of touch can truly transform someone’s life in a positive way along with the skin benefits that allow others to feel more confident when they look in the mirror. I sincerely hope that these candidates are able to one day recognize how much they are truly improving others.

One of the main attractions of partnering with Beauty Changes Lives was the aligned mission of our companies. At Renée Rouleau Skin Care, we proudly hold ‘Learn and Grow’ as a major core value of our company. The skincare industry itself continues to advance and evolve so rapidly, it is critical for all of us to remain informed and educated. This is what inspired me to start our wildly successful blog—to share my knowledge with skincare enthusiasts and estheticians from around the globe who desire continuing education. – Renée Rouleau

Scholarship
The Renée Rouleau Esthetics Scholarships will be awarded through the Beauty Changes Lives Organization. Applications for our Fall season will be accepted September 1 – November 30, 2021
Award Amount | # of Recipients
$2,500
Winners awarded: 2- Fall 2021 and 2 – Spring 2022
Scholarship Description & Award Information
Learning is the spark that ignites growth and fuels a rewarding career. Rooted in a commitment to “learn and grow” the Renée Rouleau Esthetician Scholarship aims to kindle new talent with the spark of education and set ablaze a vibrant future for next gen skin care professionals.
This scholarship lifts up the next generation of estheticians as it encourages students to take the first step toward their dream career – by investing in professional education. Applicants are invited to share what inspires their career calling and their goals for the future as a licensed esthetician. Through this scholarship, Renée Rouleau Skin Care and Beauty Changes Lives aim to nurture glowing careers and invest in beautiful, careers that change lives.
Application requirements:
  • Must be a new or currently enrolled esthetic students attending a school that leads to licensure in the U.S.
  • Must upload proof of enrollment in an esthetics program i.e.: acceptance letter or progress report from school
  • Applicant must complete the online application and submit proof ef enrollment to accompany application video.
  • Application must include a 3-minute maximum video answering the following questions:
    • (A.) Explain the moment when you were certain that a career in esthetics was your calling.
    • (B.) What are your short term & long-term goals for your esthetics career? Is there an area of esthetics you want to specialize in? Why? What inspired you to become an esthetician? How would receiving the scholarship impact your scholastic experience?
    • (C.) Tell us about your career goals.

Applications accepted from September 1 – November 30, 2021!

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Moroccanoli Cultivating Confidence

Moroccanoil “Cultivating Confidence” – Cosmetology Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

Moroccanoil Cultivating Confidence Scholarship

Every day, thousands of people walk in and strut out of salons feeling more confident. We believe that confidence is a force for good and we want to put it into action. We also believe education is a powerful pathway to help level the playing field for all, helping people to move boldly forward to where they want to go. The Moroccanoil Cultivating Confidence Scholarship intended to provide an educational opportunity for all qualified applicants to help offset the cost of tuition.

Scholarship Amount and Timing:

Two (2) awards of $5,000 will be awarded in the Fall Season (September 1- November 30, 2021)

 

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 or friends and family showing your creative abilities
    • Application must include a 3-minute (maximum) video answering the following questions:
  1. Please describe a time when you tapped into your confidence in your life and the result.
  2. As you advance in your studies and career how will you help to champion confidence in other men and women?

Applications accepted from September 1 – November 30, 2021!

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Dermalogica New Beginnings Scholarship

Dermalogica – New Beginnings Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

DERMALOGICA ‘”NEW BEGINNINGS” ESTHETICS SCHOLARSHIP 2021

Dermalogica has generously funded the “New Beginnings” Esthetics Scholarship 2021. Founded in 1986 by Jane Wurwand, out of a desire to provide skin therapists with best-in-class products and education, Dermalogica has grown to become the #1 choice of skin care for professionals worldwide. It’s mission, rooted in education is to inspire women in underserved communities to develop the skills they need to be independent.

Dermalogica’s “New Beginnings” Esthetics Scholarship is open to BIPOC students who are newly accepted or currently enrolled in an esthetics program at a *Dermalogica partner school. The esthetics student scholarship will be awarded through Beauty Changes Lives.

Scholarship Name:  Dermalogica – “New Beginnings” Esthetics Scholarship
Award Amount | # of Recipients:  $20,000 total awards for 2021 | $5,000 x 4 Recipients (total) 

(2) for Fall 2021, open from September 1 – November 30, 2021.

Awardees will also receive mentorship by a Dermalogica expert skin therapist.

Applicant Qualifications:
· Must be a currently enrolled (or a newly accepted student) in a Dermalogica partner school, leading to licensure in the U.S.
· Applicant must identify as a person of color to qualify.
· Applicant must submit proof of enrollment in an esthetics program by uploading an acceptance letter, progress report, or official school letter.

Application Requirements:
Complete the online application and submit proof of enrollment for an esthetics program.
Submit a 3-minute maximum, YouTube video with a public link answering the following questions:

a) Describe how receiving this scholarship would impact your life. What are your short-term and long-term goals?
b) Why is esthetics your passion? How has your experience with your own skin shaped your passion?
c) How will you use your career in esthetics to benefit your community?

Applications accepted from September 1 – November 30, 2021!

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babor breaking boundaries scholarship

Babor Breaking Boundaries Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

BABOR, a global leader in professional skincare, is generously funding four scholarships for black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) pursuing careers in the professional beauty industry. The new BABOR Breaking Boundaries Esthetics Scholarship is administered by the non-profit Beauty Changes Lives.

Embracing the spirit of BABOR, the BABOR Breaking Boundaries scholarship celebrates inclusivity, diversity and the many pathways to career satisfaction available to licensed professionals. The tuition scholarships open educational doors of opportunity that prepare students  to meet spa employers’ demand for estheticians, massage therapists and beauty professionals.

Award Amount: Four (4) $3,125 esthetics tuition scholarships will be awarded annually in 2021 and 2022.

Award Timing:

  • Two (2) scholarships will be available during our spring season September 1 – November 30, 2021.

Applicant Qualifications

  • The BABOR Breaking Boundaries Esthetics Scholarship will be available exclusively to Black, Indigenous, People of Color in 2021. The applicants must identify as a person of color to qualify.
  • This scholarship is open to new or currently enrolled students in an Esthetics program that leads to licensure in the U.S. or Canada.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete online application and submit proof of enrollment for an esthetics program by uploading a legible copy of either: acceptance letter, progress report, or official letter from your school (must include name of school and your name).
  2. Submitted answers to question (a) and either question (b) or (c) via a 3 minute (maximum) video:   A.)We want you to unleash your full potential. Please describe a time when you overcame the odds in a situation and what were the results. B.) Why is skincare your passion? What do you hope to achieve in your career after Esthetic school? C.) True beauty is personal. How will you break the boundaries of what society thinks is “beautiful”?
Applications accepted from September 1 – November 30, 2021!
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Timing is Everything Scholarship

Circadia Sage Michaela Lucas Timing is Everything Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

The Sage Michaela Lucas Timing is Everything scholarship is generously funded by Circadia, a pioneer in the science of chronobiology and skincare. The Sage Michaela Lucas Timing is Everything award celebrates diversity, inclusivity and affirmation. 

The scholarship is open to esthetics students enrolled in an accredited program and who identify as black, indigenous or persons of color (BIPOC). The scholarship grant targets esthetic students pursuing a career in aesthetics, skincare formulation and/or cosmetic chemistry.

Award Amount: Five $5,000 tuition scholarships will be awarded annually in 2021 and 2022.

Award Timing:

  • The next three (3) for our fall 2021 season open from September 1 – November 30, 2021.

Applicant Qualifications:

  • The applicants must identify as a person of color to qualify: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or person of color)
  • This scholarship is open to new or currently enrolled students in an esthetics program that leads to licensure in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Applicants must submit proof of enrollment for an Esthetics program by uploading and acceptance letter, progress report, or official letter from your school.

Judging: A panel of judges representing the professional skincare sector will evaluate awardees’ video submissions and select winners.

Application Requirements:

  1. Complete the online application and submit proof of enrollment for an esthetics program by uploading a legible copy of: acceptance letter, progress report, or official letter from your school (must include name of school and your first and last name).
  2. Submit answers to questions (a) (b) and (c) via a 3 minute (maximum) video:

A.)If you were to win this scholarship, how do you plan to “pay it forward” once they have entered the industry to inspire the next generation of BIPOC hopefuls who have similar goals?

B.) Name a person in the beauty industry that you know personally or follow on social media that motivates you or positively impacts you to stay committed to your dreams despite obstacles. Explain what is it about their story that gives you the most hope in your own career?

C.) Describe challenges you have overcome or life changing situations that turned to valuable lessons. What did you learn about yourself and how did you grow from these situations?

Applications accepted from September 1 – November 30, 2021!

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Nourish and Shine Scholarship

JCS Beauty “Nourish & Shine” Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

JCS Beauty is a leading manufacturer of hair products, created for ALL hair types. We believe that beauty evolves from the inside out and we are committed to assisting our customers overcome their hair care challenges. Our passion continues to grow deeper. Today our goal remains unchanged: to empower beautiful transformations and create products that inspire confidence.

Scholarship Award Details:

The JCS Beauty Nourish & Shine 2021 and 2022 Cosmetology Student Scholarship program is for people who identify as Black/African American.

  • Award Amount | # of Recipients
  • Two (2) scholarship are available during our fall 2021 season open from September 1 – November 30, 2021 for $5,000

Applicant Requirements
The JCS Beauty Nourish & Shine scholarship will be available to people who identify as Black/African American. This scholarship is open to new or currently enrolled students in a cosmetology program that leads to licensure in the U.S. or Canada.

Application Requirements
1. 1. Complete online application and submit legible proof of enrollment for a cosmetology program by uploading either: an acceptance letter, progress report, or official letter from your school (include the name of the school and your first and last name on the form).

2. Submit answers to question (a) and either question (b) or (c) via a 3-minute (maximum) video.

A.) How do you see Beauty as a tool for social change and how do you intend to make an impact?

B.) JCS Beauty looks to inspire the next generation of beauty innovators. Name a beauty innovator that inspired you, why, and how will you inspire beauty for the next generation.

C.) What is your beauty motto and, in one paragraph, explain the meaning behind it?

Applications accepted September 1 – November 30, 2021!

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Beauty changes lives

THE HORST M. RECHELBACHER FOUNDATION | “SUSTAINABLE BEGINNINGS” ESTHETICS SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

Horst Rechelbacher Foundation’s “Sustainable Beginnings” basic esthetics programs and will be awarded through the Beauty Changes Lives Organization. Applications are accepted in our spring season: March 1 – May 31, 2021 and our fall season: September 1 – November 30, 2021

Award Amount | # of Recipients

$2,000

Winners awarded: 5- Spring and 5 – Fall

Scholarship Description & Award Information

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 esthetics.

Applicant Requirements – “Sustainable Beginnings” Basic Cosmetology

Scholarship requirements:

  • Must be a new or currently enrolled student in an esthetics 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?

Applications accepted from September 1 – November 30, 2021!

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Moroccanoil “Courage To Dream” – Cosmetology Scholarship

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

Scholarship Details:

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.

Scholarship Amount and Timing:

Two (2) awards of $5,000 will be awarded in the Fall Season (September 1- November 30, 2021)

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 or friends and family showing your creative abilities
    • Application must include a 3-minute (maximum) video answering the following questions:
  1. Describe a situation where you’ve displayed immense courage and found the energy to persevere against all odds. 
  2. Include a description of what having the “courage to dream” means to you.

Applications accepted from September 1 – November 30, 2021!

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Beauty changes lives

THE HORST M. RECHELBACHER FOUNDATION | “SUSTAINABLE BEGINNINGS” COSMETOLOGY & BARBERING SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

Horst Rechelbacher Foundation’s “Sustainable Beginnings” basic cosmetology and barbering 2020 programs and will be awarded through the Beauty Changes Lives Organization. Applications are accepted in our spring season: March 1 – May 31, 2021 and our fall season: September 1 – November 30, 2021

Award Amount | # of Recipients

$3,500

Winners awarded: 5- Spring and 5 – Fall

Scholarship Description & Award Information

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.

Applicant Requirements – “Sustainable Beginnings” Basic Cosmetology

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?

Applications accepted from September 1 – November 30, 2021!

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