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October 22, 2015

Meet the 2015 Wella Scholarship Winners

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Class is now in session for 10 aspiring hairstylists and 10 licensed beauty professionals, thanks to the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship. The scholarships represent a commitment by Wella to fund 200 scholarships between 2013 and 2017. The $1.5 million scholarship grant established by Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart program and administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, honors the legacy of the late Vidal Sassoon and his belief in continual learning throughout the professional hairstylist’s career.


“Three years after his passing, Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart is pleased to see Vidal’s commitment to education live on through the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship,” Wella North America CEO, Sal Mauceri notes. “Vidal transformed not just the art and science of hairstyling, but the world’s perception of hairstyling as a career. Many of the applicants in the scholarship competition shared how his artistic, entrepreneurial, and social vision inspired them to pursue a career in beauty.”


The basic scholarships are awarded to individuals seeking a career in hairstyling and cover 50 percent of tuition at a qualified cosmetology school, up to $10,000. The advanced scholarships are awarded to licensed hairstylists and cover a five-day course at one of the North America-based Sassoon Academies, including travel and course fees up to $5,000.


Beauty Changes Lives Foundation President Lynelle Lynch says the program provides an opportunity to elevate professional beauty careers at all levels of the industry. “For nearly three years, the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program has been opening the door for those who want to join the professional industry and accelerating the careers of licensed professionals. It’s inspiring to see the boost this scholarship program offers to emerging and established artists,” says Lynelle.


Since launching in 2013, the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Competition funded by Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart and administered by the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation has awarded 120 scholarships.


The “Basic” Scholarship Winners


(from left to right): Morgan Barkdull, Olivia Carmichael, Mackenzie Cohen, Sarah Domonte.



Morgan Barkdull | Taylor Adams Academy of Hair | Orem, UT

Olivia Carmichael | Paul Mitchell – The School, San Diego | San Diego, Calif.

Mackenzie Cohen | Hair Design Institute of Apopka | Apopka, Fla.

Sarah Domonte | Paul Mitchell – The School,  Fort Myers | Fort Myers, Fla.


(from left to right): Joanna Hill, Rachel Pochedly, Vanessa Rivera, Lyttia Roseman.


Joanna Hill | Summit Salon Academy | Tacoma, Wash.

Rachel Pochedly | Cinta Aveda Institute | San Francisco, Calif.

Vanessa Rivera | Empire Beauty School | Avondale, Ariz.

Lyttia Roseman | Paul Mitchell – The School, Tinley Park | Tinley Park, Ill.


(from left to right): Leah White Frisbee, Jessica Walter.


Leah Frisbee White | Gene Juarez | North Seattle, Wash.

Jessica Walter | Paul Mitchell – The School, Overland Park | Overland Park, Kan.


“Vidal Sassoon brought hairdressing back to the basics – making hair low maintenance yet still modern and elegant. As a mother, I can appreciate the path he paved and incorporate his ideas into my own life and career,” wrote Leah White Frisbee in her scholarship application.


The Advanced Winners



(left to right): Rolando Aqui, Sophie Davies, Margarette Damms, Martin Huerta.


Rolando Aqui | Geo-Loft | Fresno, Calif.

Sophie Davies | The Hair Parlor on 8th | Los Angeles, Calif.

Margarette Damms | Colour Me Crazy | Humble, TX

Martin Huerta | Sweet Escape Salon | Baytown, TX


(left to right): Sonya Milner, Kristin Isaac, Jen Kohlenberger, Naomi Schumacher.


Sonya Millner | Muse Art Haus | Sacramento, Calif.

Kristin Isaac | Double Dutch | Denver, Colo.

Jen Kohlenberger | JMC Hair Studio | Tustin, Calif.

Naomi Schumacher | Razzle Dazzle College | Nampa, ID


(from left to right): Meghan Tomtas, Sumayah Wakely.


Meghan Tomtas | Gallipott Salon | Fort Collins, Colo.

Sumayah Wakely | Yasmeen Beauty Studio | Floral Park, N.Y.


“I had the opportunity to train with Nick Berardi and it was so inspiring. But I also find great insight from shows like Trend Vision that inspire me to take my career to the next level by applying for a Vidal Sassoon Academy experience,” says advanced winner Naomi Schumacher.

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