Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program Accepting Applications for Spring 2016 Scholarships

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation
(BCL) announce the opening of the Spring 2016 Vidal Sassoon Professional
Beauty Education Scholarship Program application window. Applications
will be accepted through April 4, 2016. Established in 2012, the
competition celebrates the passion of aspiring hairstylists and the
confidence, creativity and commitment of licensed hairstylists.

The Spring 2016 competition will award 10 “Basic” scholarships covering
50% of tuition (up to $10,000) to students enrolled in a qualified
cosmetology school in the U.S. or Canada. In addition, 10 licensed
hairstylists will receive “Advanced” scholarships to attend a North
American Sassoon Academy program, including travel and course fees up to

Generously funded by Wella’s Hairdressers at Heart, the multi-year,
$1.5M scholarship program honors the legacy of beauty legend Vidal
Sassoon and pays homage to his belief in lifelong education. Both
“Basic” and “Advanced” applicants may apply via written essay,
inspiration board or video and each submission should address how the
applicant is inspired to change the lives of others as a professional
hairstylist. Some examples of previous “Basic” winners’ videos may be
seen at
(basic winners) and “Advanced” winner videos may be seen at

Beauty Changes Lives Foundation President Lynelle Lynch said the
program provides professional exposure as well as financial assistance.
“Many Basic and Advanced winners have been featured in the pages of
leading salon and beauty publications. This exposure elevates winners’
personal brands in front of employers and the entire industry,” Lynch
said. Additionally, all applicants have the opportunity to showcase
their passion for professional hairstyling in front of a judging panel
comprised of some of the world’s most accomplished hairstylists.

“Wella believes it is our obligation as established professionals to
provide guidance to the young talent in our industry. Contributing to
the development and empowerment of young stylists is an essential
element of our industry,” said Wella North America CEO, Sal Mauceri.

“Everyone I meet in our industry has a story to tell about my father’s
positive impact on their life and career,” says Eden Sassoon. “I feel my
role is to ensure that people remember how he achieved this legacy. It
was by his total commitment to education, which he knew would elevate
the craft. It’s an honor to witness this through the Vidal Sassoon
Education Scholarship. The next generation will be introduced to these
ideals and I truly hope with all my heart they use what they learn to
leave their mark on history.”

Since launching in 2013, the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education
Scholarship Competition has awarded 120 scholarships. For more
information on “Basic” and “Advanced” scholarships please visit:

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 and wellness industry and massage therapy. The Foundation
also organizes and participates in numerous philanthropic fundraisers
that shine the spotlight on the charitable initiatives of the beauty and
wellness community.

About Wella, the Salon Professional Division of P&G: P&G
serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios
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includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please
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the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.

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 or
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Instagram: @sassoonacademyofficial.


Beauty Changes Lives
Susan Miller, 765-620-2007
Hairdressers at Heart
Ashley Johnson, 212-546-8557