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The Best Beauty Scholarships

Scholarship competitions aren't just for math and science geeks... beauty majors can win cash for college, too! Turn your training into an adventure with these cosmetology career competitions.

Beauty scholarship: ACE (Access to Cosmetology Education) Scholarship Program
Who can win: Students who are at least midway through their training at an American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) member school
How to win: Submit a 500- to 800-word essay and demonstrate financial need.
What you can win: One of 25, $1,000 scholarships provided by Sport Clips
Deadline:
September 15, 2010

Beauty scholarship: PBA | NCA Sally Beauty Scholarship
Who can win: High school graduates aspiring to a cosmetology career
How to win: Submit two letters of reference and a personal essay of up to 250 words
What you can win: One of seven $1,000 scholarships funded by Sally Beauty Supply and administered by the Professional Beauty Association | National Cosmetology Association
Deadline: November 15, 2010

Beauty scholarship: American Health and Beauty Aids Institute (AHBAI) Cosmetology Scholarship
Who can win: Students who are currently enrolled in or have been accepted by a state-approved cosmetic art training facility
How to win: Submit high school transcript and two letters of recommendation.
What you can win: One of 20, $250 scholarships from the AHBAI Fred Luster, Sr. Education Foundation
Deadline: November 30, 2010

Beauty scholarship: Makeup Artistry Stores Inc. Makeup Artist Scholarship
Who can win: Students enrolled in a makeup artist academic program of at least six months
How to win: Submit an essay about your financial situation, an essay about your desire to become a makeup artist, and two letters of recommendation.
What you can win: One of six $1,000 scholarships awarded by Pari Beauty, the cosmetics division of Makeup Artistry Stores Inc.
Deadline: December 31, 2010

Beauty scholarship: NCEA Esthetician Scholarship
Who can win: Students who are at least midway through an esthetician-only training program
How to win: Submit a one-page explanation of your financial need and desire to become an esthetician.
What you can win: A $1,000 scholarship from the National Coalition of Estheticians,
Manufacturers/Distributors and Associations (NCEA)
Deadlines: September 1, December 1, March 1, June 1

Beauty scholarship: Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship
Who can win: Students enrolled in or applying to a certified barber or cosmetology school
How to win: Submit a one-page essay and a letter of recommendation and demonstrate financial need.
What you can win: One of 19, $1,000 scholarships
Deadline: June 1, 2011

Beauty scholarship: Education Rocks Scholarship
Who can win: All beauty school students
How to win: Write about your focus in the cosmetology field and how you plan to build a successful career.
What you can win: A $250 scholarship for beauty school
Deadline: June 1, 2011

Beauty scholarship: Alice Madden Barton Cosmetology School Scholarship
Who can win: High school students, current cosmetology students, and those pursuing certification in barbering or cosmetology
How to win: Submit an essay about your interest in a cosmetology career.
What you can win: Scholarship amounts vary according to the needs of each recipient. Scholarships are awarded by Great Clips and can be used at any barbering or cosmetology school.
Deadlines: December 31, 2010 and June 20, 2011