TRESemmé is giving aspiring Black female stylists who are attending cosmetology school a reason to be extra cheerful this holiday season. The beloved haircare brand has officially opened applications for its annual Future Stylist Fund, a by-application, $100,000 scholarship program which works to help advance the careers of Black women in the hair industry.
From November 16th to January 8th, 2023, Black women who are interested in attending or currently attending cosmetology school can apply to receive a $10,000 scholarship to offset the cost of their tuition in addition to exclusive career-advancing opportunities from TRESemmé, as part of the program.
This $100,000 scholarship initiative was first introduced in 2020, as part of the brand’s “ongoing commitment to advocating for diverse representation and equitable treatment for hair professionals, and to help aspiring Black female hairstylists achieve their career ambitions,” per their website. Since its initial launch, the program has already helped 20 women from across the country receive over $200,000 in scholarship funds and 14 of them have already completed cosmetology, going on to receive their license.
The last two scholarship classes were given the opportunity to participate in exciting networking and career-advancing opportunities, including going backstage at NYFW in September to meet TRESemmé stylists. In fact, two of last year’s Future Stylists Fund recipients went on to assist celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway’s styling team backstage at this year’s Fe Noel show at NYFW
“This experience has changed the trajectory of my career in the beauty industry by giving me the tools that I need to broaden my skills and introducing me to so many wonderful people that I can learn from,” said Davanay Ellis, TRESemmé Future Stylists Fund recipient (Class of 2020/Year 1). “The Future Stylists Fund means so much to me because I know what it has done for my career, and I want that experience for all Black women within the industry. TRESemme has shown their dedication to the promise they made when starting this program, and best of all,I’ve gained lifelong friends and family because of it.”
For this year’s program, Redway as well as fellow celebrity hairstylist Nai’vasha will be returning as selection committee members joining Cara Robinson Sabin, the Beauty & Wellbeing GM at Unilever North America, who is new to the selection committee this year. Together, the three will encourage the applicants, review the applications, and select this year’s recipients.
If you are a Black woman interested in attending or currently enrolled in an accredited cosmetology school to become a hair professional, click here to apply for the TRESemmé Future Stylists Fund.
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