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Scholarship Description & Award Information

Recognizing that lifelong education plays a critical role in an estheticians career satisfaction and success, the International Dermal Institute (IDI), the education powerhouse behind the Dermalogica professional skin care line, is funding several micro-grants for advanced esthetics education. Administered by Beauty Changes Lives, the micro-grants are available to licensed estheticians looking to take their career to the next step. Grants cover the following courses at one of Dermalogica’s Learning Loft locations, or via interactive streaming classes.

  • Advanced Cleansing & Massage (a 2-day program)
  • Skin Series
  • Chinese Acupressure
  • Reflexology
  • Fusion Massage Techniques
  • Aromatherapy

With a nod toward the importance of mentoring and networking, Dermalogica is also funding a coffee chat/mentorship with a Master Skincare Instructor.

Award Amount / # of Recipients

2 Recipients receiving access to IDI classes, each recipient receives access to the following classes (see below) to attend within 1 year of being awarded.

Applicant Requirements

Licensed estheticians who do not possess a Dermalogica Professional Account. . Upload proof of licensure for esthetics in the United States

Application Type

Submit a 3-5 minute YouTube video answering scholarship questions:

  • Explain what you hope to achieve through attending classes at the International Dermal Institute and how it can help your own career.
  • Briefly explain your journey in the beauty industry thus far and where you want to take your career.
  • What services are you most passionate about and why?



As “Experts in Wax, Champions in Confidence”, European Wax Centers (EWC) knows one reservation with us can help transform a guest’s mood, day or even their perception of themselves. Through our innovation and expertise every person that walks through our door leaves feeling like their best self.  And at the very heart of this, is our Wax Specialist, whose training, skill and knowledge elevate and enhance the guest experience.

We’re committed to discovering and refining the kind of talent needed to become a great Wax Specialist—because great Wax Specialists and their expertise help our guests reveal beautiful skin and feel like their true selves.

Because we believe the right education is key, European Wax Center is partnering with Beauty Changes Lives to offer the  “Experts in Wax” Scholarship, which is intended to provide an educational opportunity for all current or newly enrolled students of an esthetics or cosmetology program at an accredited school in the U.S. to help offset the cost of tuition. These scholarships help the recipients refine their skills, embrace a career in the personal care industry and become the experts we know they can be so they can help bring out the confidence in their clients.

Scholarship: Six (6) $2,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Qualifications: Must new or currently enrolled in a cosmetology or esthetics or program at an accredited school in the continental United States.

  1. Complete online application and submit proof of enrollment for a cosmetology or esthetics program with uploading your: acceptance letter, progress report, or official letter from your school.
  2. Upload two (2) photos of your work showcasing a before-and-after transformation of a brow service.
  3. Submit answers to questions (a-c) via a 1-3 minute video: a.) What does being an “expert” mean to you when it comes to your career? b.) Tell us about the moment when you were certain that a career in esthetics or cosmetology was your calling. What challenges did you overcome to get here. c.) How will receiving this scholarship impact your life?



The Horst Rechelbacher Foundation + Green Circle Salon Membership

Green Circle Salons’ is a movement to help the salon industry reduce its environmental footprint and provide options for consumers seeking genuine green options in salon care. Since its inception in 2009, GCS has been building a network of more than 3,400+ certified salons, schools and advanced academies throughout North America and providing them with a comprehensive pathway to financial and environmental sustainability with a green business program; including recycling and repurposing up to 95% of their beauty waste.  Today, GCS diverts more than 1.8 million pounds of waste from landfill spaces and waterways in North America annually.

Applicant Requirements – “Green Circle Salon Membership”

Must be a licensed business owner of a salon and/or spa. Must upload proof of licensure i.e.: business owner license. Salon must have a commission-based or hourly-based salary model. Must check-out a minimum of 300+ guests per month. Must be willing to remit monthly recycling fee paid by guest.

  • 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?

Ten (10) scholarships will be offered at different times during 2019 at the following times

  • Fall 2020 (8 scholarships avail.)– Application dates 9/1 – 11/30/20, Winner Notified 11/24/20, press release distributed 1/4/21


Cultivating Confidence 

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:

$5,000 to offset the cost of cosmetology program tuition

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 3-5-minute 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?



Moroccanoil - "Courage to Dream" Scholarship 

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.

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, friends or family showing your creative abilities
  • Application must include a 3-5-minute video answering the following questions:
  1. Describe a situation where you’ve displayed immense courage; Found the energy to persevere against all odds. Please describe a through a hardship you’ve overcome through
  2. Include a description of what having the “courage to dream” means to


Oncology Skincare 


Horst Rechelbacher Foundation “Oncology Skincare” for advanced esthetics 

Award Amount: Continued education courses in-person or online with Oncology Spa Solutions: $1,000 

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.

Properly caring for guests of the salon & spa industry was always Horst’s intent. Knowing how to care for a guest that has a cancer diagnosis takes proper knowledge to safely & compassionately care for clients with individualized care to meet their specific needs.

The Oncology Spa Solutions® training started in the US in 2013 & has changed the lives of over 4,500+ students & many more clients. The success of this training confirmed to us that we as human beings have a desire to CARE for others & just need the right education to feel CONFIDENT in serving & caring for those that need us the MOST. More information here: https://www.oncologyspasolutions.com/basic-essentials-checkout

The “Oncology Skincare” scholarship is created for licensed estheticians and salon or spa owners that are seeking to better serve their clientele, especially those that may be facing cancer. It will also help them become more knowledgeable on how to care & treat these clients with SAFE non-toxic products. Those who may be facing cancer can find joy & rejuvenation when visiting their spa & esthetician.

Applicant Requirements – “Oncology Skincare” Advanced Esthetics

  1. Complete online application and submit required or proof of licensure.
  2. Submitted answers to questions (a) and (b) via a 3-5 minute video OR 200 word essay and inspiration board: A) Why they decided to go into esthetics B.) How being educated in Oncology Skincare will further your career & skillset. Video must show application of an esthetics treatment & include a description of why you love esthetics. OR a 200 word essay and inspiration board answering questions “A” and “B”
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