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How You Can Earn Up to $4,250 in Scholarships Toward Cosmetology School

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… or in the hands of the beautician.

Either way, it takes some skills and schooling to get there.

To help students achieve their blush-colored dreams, Beauty Changes Lives — in conjunction with beauty-inspired sponsors — has four beauty-related scholarships available right now.

What to Know About Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships

You can apply for only one of the scholarships listed, so choose wisely.

All applicants must fill out a general application, complete with a headshot and proof of enrollment or current licensure.

After filling out the general application, applicants are required to fill out a second application for the specific scholarship they choose.

The deadline to apply for all of them is Sept. 15, 2018.

CND Master Nail Scholarship: $1,000

This scholarship is for licensed nail professionals pursuing advanced or continuing education in the nail industry.

A total of 15 recipients will receive $1,000 toward tuition, open stock product and/or travel for advanced nail education.

Applicants can submit an inspiration board, essay or three-minute video answering the question: “Why is beauty your passion, and how will your career in beauty fulfill your purpose?”

Examples and submission details are available on the CND Master Nail scholarship page.

European Wax Center “Unapologetic You” Scholarship: $4,250

This “Unapologetic You” scholarship is available to students currently in an accredited esthetics or cosmetology licensure program in the continental United States or Hawaii.

Students need to have 50% of their required courses completed to apply.

Applicants must submit a video answering as least one of the following questions:

  1. How do you describe your own style of unapologetic confidence?
  2. Please describe how you used your unapologetic confidence to accomplish a goal in your life or career.
  3. As you advance in your studies and career, how will you help champion confidence in others?

Videos must be a minimum of one minute long and have a YouTube link included with the submission.

MUD Make-up Scholarship: $2,500

The Make-up Designory (MUD) funds five $2,500 scholarships twice a year.

Any student in an accredited cosmetology and/or esthetics school that uses MUD makeup in their program can apply to this scholarship.

Once the general application is filled out, the second application phase includes submitting a video or storyboard with accompanying essay that answers the question:

“Why is beauty your passion, and how will your career in beauty fulfill your purpose?”

Additional questions and requirements can be found on the MUD Make-up scholarship page.

Ratner Companies Passion and Purpose Cosmetology Scholarship: $3,125

Are you currently enrolled in an accredited beauty school or cosmetology program with less than 50% of the program complete?

If so, then this scholarship might be the one for you.

Ratner Companies, owner of five salon brands with nearly 1,000 salons, is sponsoring this passion- and purpose-themed scholarship.

Applicants have to submit a three-minute YouTube video that answers the question: “Why is beauty your passion, and how will your career in beauty fulfill your purpose?”

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She believes that everyone is beautiful even on their ugliest days.

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