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2013 Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Recipients

27 students across the United States each received a $1,000 Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship toward tuition costs for cosmetology education. Since its inception 17 years ago, the Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation has awarded $250,000 in scholarships; growing from seven awards in the Foundation’s early years, to a record 27 scholarships this year. 

The 2013 recipients and their schools of choice are:

 Hiromi Aono

Hiromi Aono

Citrus College of Cosmetology, Glendora, CA

Hope Bardon

Hope Bardon

New Beginnings, Albertville, AL

 Jasmine Barnes

Jasmine Barnes

(right)

Remington College, Cleveland, OH

 Marcelina Bayne

Marcelina Bayne

Michael’s School of Hair Design, Bedford, NH

 Shanna Braunschweig

Shanna Braunschweig

VICI Aveda Institute, Madison, WI

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Monica Brehm

Capri College, Dubuque, IA

 Sharnique Cochran

Sharnique Cochran

(right)

Milan Institute, San Antonio, TX

 Travis Cook

Travis Cook

The California Academy, Sacramento, CA

 Keri-Ann Costello

Keri-Ann Costello

Rudy & Kelly Academy, Virginia Beach, VA

 Paige Greska

Paige Greska

(left)

Empire Beauty School, Bangor, ME

 Kassandra Haworth

Kasandra Haworth

(right)

Aveda Nurture Institute, Columbus, OH

 Carla Hendrickson

Carla Hendrickson

(left)

JZ Trend Academy, Bismarck, ND

 Caitlin

Caitlin Hoehmann

Capri College, Nanuet, NY

Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne

Rudy & Kelly Academy, Virginia Beach, VA

 Lacey Lewis

Lacey Lewis

Paul Mitchell the School, Oviedo, FL

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Mevlude Lleshi

The Academy of Cosmetology, Staten Island, NY

 Thasha Logan

Thasha Logan

Empire Beauty School, Arlington Heights, IL

 Jessica McKinley

Jessica McKinley

(right)

Paul Mitchell the School, Provo, UT

 Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller

Cosmetology Training Center, Mankato, MN

 Sarah Olerich

Sarah Olerich

LaJames College, Fort Dodge, IA

 Leah Pugh

Leah Pugh

Empire Beauty School, Louisville, KY

 Stevie Santiago

Stevie Santiago

Vista College, Killeen, TX

Carissa Soto

Carissa Soto

(center)

Artistic Academy, Morris Plains, NJ

 Katherine Spicer

Katherine Spicer

MN School of Cosmetology, Woodbury, MN

 Kara Zalesny

Kara Zalesny

Empire Beauty School, New York, NY

 No Photo Available

Stephanie Zazveta

All Beauty College, Ft Mohave, AZ

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Student withdrew from program

Each scholarship recipient demonstrated a strong commitment to complete his or her barber/cosmetology education and financial need.

The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation memorializes the life and achievements of Joe Francis, founder of The Barbers Corporation and the franchise systems: Cost Cutters, City Looks Salons, and We Care Hair, now Regis Corporation subsidiaries.

Joe Francis’ story is literally one of rags to riches, beginning his first job as a shoeshine boy for a local barber school. His labors eventually led him to enroll as a barber student where his entrepreneurial spirit flourished and his lifelong career in the industry took off.

He built state of the art hair salons and began franchising first as The Barbers Hairstyling for Men and Women, Inc. He took his company public and established The Barbers Corporation. The Barbers grew to 1,200 franchise hair salons in the United States and Europe.  Joe began with a one-chair barbershop, he was a
self-made man who never forgot his early struggles and continuously looked for ways to help others find opportunities in the hair industry. On September 19, 2012, Joe Francis was inducted posthumously into the National Barbers Hall of Fame.

“The Scholarship Foundation was Joe’s dream. We have helped educate 250 talented hairstylists and we look
forward to continuing to increase the number of scholarships awarded each year,” announced Florence Francis, widow of Joe Francis, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the Foundation.

Joe’s daughter, and President of the Foundation, Barbara Francis, remarked, “My father worked tirelessly to strengthen the industry and elevate the hairstyling profession.  He believed it offered a path to self-fulfillment and reward.  He was determined to help deserving individuals launch their career. He wanted to give back to an industry that gave him so much.”

 

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