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Grants and Scholarships


The Beauty Industry Wants You!

American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) partners with industry sponsors to offer scholarships and grants to deserving cosmetology students. More information and applications will be available on additional scholarships soon, so check back often.

Beauty Changes Lives Scholarship

Established as a 501c3 in 2013, Beauty Changes Lives is a non-profit organization awarding beauty school tuition scholarships generously funded by leading beauty brands. The Beauty Changes Lives scholarship portfolio includes tuition scholarships for aspiring hairstylists, nail professionals, estheticians, makeup artists, massage therapists and barbers. In addition to “basic” scholarships, Beauty Changes Lives offers “advanced” scholarships for licensed professionals, including beauty educators. Since its inception, Beauty Changes Lives has awarded more than 500 scholarships, opening doors of opportunity that range from working behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, to opening thriving businesses.

Beauty Schools Directory $2,500 Cosmetology Scholarship

The team is proud to offer a $2,500 scholarship for students and professionals changing others’ lives through wellness and beauty. If you’re ready to begin a fulfilling and rewarding career in the beauty and wellness industry, or if you are continuing your education to pursue your next career goal, submit the application form below for the chance to win a $2,500 scholarship toward your tuition and education expenses.

Bioelements Skincare

The 2022 Esthetics Entrepreneur Award will award and support four estheticians pursuing a professional skin care entrepreneurship.  Award recipients receive a Bioelements Opening Order Plan to launch their start-up esthetic spa business, plus advanced education, a Bonus Box of support tools, a Spa Locator listing on, social media exposure and a dedicated Bioelements Regional Education + Success Manager as their personal mentor for 6 months – a total value of $2,000+ to jump start their entrepreneurial esthetics career. 

Dermalogica Scholarship Program

Each scholarship covers a six-month enrollment to Expert Program workshops (a $1400+ value), culminating in becoming a Dermalogica Expert. Each recipient will have access to and the IDI Job Board and support from a local Business Consultant to help with their career journey.

Keller Cosmetology Scholarship

Keller International now offers a unique cosmetology scholarship opportunity for one student each year as a way to alleviate some of the financial burden they accrue during their educational journey. The winner of this contest will be rewarded $1000.00 towards their tuition fees!* This scholarship is open to cosmetology and barber students.

Milady Rise Scholarship

Be one of the TEN lucky recipients to get a $500 Milady RISE Scholarship, administered by the Professional Beauty Association. Milady is on a mission to drive career success and this scholarship, exclusive for Milady RISE-certified individuals who understand the impact you’re able to make, is here to help you continue your growth in the industry.

Buy-Rite Beauty Annual Cosmetology Scholarship

The scholarship is from Buy-Rite Beauty, and is for $1,000 for those students interested in pursuing a degree in cosmetology. All participants must have applied to or be enrolled in as full-time beautician/cosmetology students. 

Great Clips Great Scholarship Program

Great Clips® believes in the future of the hair industry and is proud to offer over $100,000 total in scholarships to students each year! Future stylists and barbers across the United States and Canada are invited to apply to receive a tuition scholarship valued at up to $5,000 each to help launch their dreams.

Massage Envy Scholarship

Massage Envy National Scholarship Sweepstakes for Massage Therapists – each awardee will receive a $2,500 scholarship that can be used to attend any massage school of their choice. A total of 128 winners will be provided with $2,500 each to help fund their education in massage therapy school, over 16 drawings. 

PBA Lifetime Member

PBA honors Lifetime Members is through educational scholarships. These scholarships celebrate the spirit of commitment to the association, which has been demonstrated by the Lifetime Member through fostering the advancement and education of individual members. The PBA Lifetime Member Scholarship is made available because of the Joseph L. Weir Trust.

Rosy Salon Software Cosmetology Scholarship

ROSY REWARDS by Rosy Salon Software is an annual scholarship fund just for future salon professionals! Are you a cosmetology, barber, or esthetics student? Are you as passionate about the industry as we are? Do you know somebody else who is? See below for a chance to win one of two scholarships offered annually.

Disclaimers: For convenience to the public, AACS has provided above information about additional scholarship programs that may be available to eligible applicants including links to independent websites managed by scholarship program sponsors. Neither AACS nor any AACS Member School directs or manages the content of such websites and all questions regarding the availability and terms of, and conditions for award of, any scholarship should be directed to the program sponsor. By completing and submitting a scholarship application, you may be required by the scholarship program sponsor to consent to the use of your contact information or related application details for marketing, promotional or other purposes. Review the terms and conditions of any scholarship or grant program for applicable conditions and requirements. AACS may share information I provide to AACS member schools and I may be contacted by one or more AACS member schools about educational services. By providing this information, I consent to being contacted by any AACS member school, including receiving autodialed and/or pre-recorded telemarketing calls from or on behalf of any AACS Member school at the telephone number provided above. I understand that consent is not a condition of receiving such educational services.