Cosmetology Scholarships and Grants

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul." ~John Muir

The average cost of a cosmetology education is between $6 000 and $10 000 dollars. The good news is beauty is big business and big business is a ready and willing partner in qualifying cosmetology and beauty school students for the future, with scholarships and awards aplenty. Some of the biggest cosmetics companies in the world are providing scholarships to students wishing to pursue careers in cosmetology, beauty and skin care or dermatology. Here is a list of some of the big players.

PBA|NCA - Sally

Sally Beauty has offered $10,000 in scholarships to deserving beauty school students each year. From 1992 Sally partnered with the PBA/National Cosmetology Association (NCA) to administer these substantial awards.

Seven $1,000 Sally Scholarships are awarded to high school graduates desiring to enter the cosmetology profession. In addition, Six $500 Sally Scholarships are presented to PBA | NCA members for continuing education in the field of cosmetology. .

NCEA Estheticians

The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors and Associations (NCEA) awards $1,000 scholarships four times a year to qualified esthetician teacher. Deadline: September 30th


The Latina & Maybelline Opportunities Through Education Scholarship Contest monies are awarded to the best essay telling of a compelling personal experience. Entrants must be a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, currently enrolled full-time (and in good standing) in the 11th or 12th grade at a public or state-accredited private or parochial school.

Jeannette Rankin Foundation

This non-profit organization offers scholarships to low-income women, age 35 and older, who are pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree or a first bachelor's degree. The school must be accredited to be eligible for this program, so research whether the spa or beauty school of your choice is accredited.

The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation

$1,000.00 per recipient; Deadline: June 1st

APWU Vocational

$3,000 ($1000 annually); Deadline: March 15th

Alice Madden Barton Cosmetology School Scholarship Program

Application deadlines: June 30 and December 31

Oregon Barber and Hairdresser (B&H) Grant Program

Must be a resident of Oregon and enrolled in a full-time program

L''Oreal and Soft Sheen Carson

This scholarship might be discontinued. No new information on this scholarship found on their website...
These companies have gotten together to launch an initiative to build leadership through education by creating a scholarship program which honors young achievers. The L'Oreal Soft Sheen Carson Scholarship program awards young African Americans who have displayed leadership potential, renewable scholarships up to $5,000 will be awarded each year to qualifying freshmen year students entering a designated HBCU in the fall.


Beauty school students can earn a cosmetology scholarship from the AHBAI Fred Luster, Sr. Education Foundation. $5 000 in scholarships is available and awarded in $250 amounts. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must have an 85 percent or higher average in school and must have completed a minimum of 300 hours. Applications Deadline: November 30th.

In addition to these great scholarship opportunities the National Cosmetology Association itself also have a number of scholarships.

Students wishing to follow a career in make-up artistry or cosmetology, or any aspect of beauty technology, would also be well advised to contact local beauty schools in the area that will likely have lists of local scholarship foundations.

As with all scholarships, it pays to be prepared well in advance of the application deadlines for scholarships. Write a great cover letter. If an essay is required make it personal and compelling. Get together all the references you can from teachers, community leaders, employers and anyone else who will attest to your exceptional skills. Keep all of this information in one place along with personal and financial details. That way when an opportunity presents itself, you will be ready to go.

“The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. . . . The ordinary objects of human endeavour -- property, outward success, luxury -- have always seemed to me contemptible.” Albert Einstein