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2014 Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Recipients

24 students across the United States each received a $1,200 Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship toward tuition costs for cosmetology education. Since its inception 18 years ago, the Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation has awarded over a quarter million dollars in scholarships.

The 2014 recipients and their schools of choice are:

 LaRita Baker

LaRita Baker

(left)

LaBaron Hairdressing Academy, Overland Park, KS

Laura Brandyberry

Laura Brandyberry

Eric Fisher Academy, Wichita, KS

Gabrielle Bui

Gabrielle Bui

(right)

Aveda Institute, Columbus, OH

 Hope Capelle

Hope Capelle

Aveda Institute, Minneapolis, MN 

 No Photo Available

Heather Carpenter

Milan Institute, Clovis, CA

 Jose Cruz

Jose Cruz

Aveda Institute, Washington, DC

 Josephine Dare

Josephine Dare

(right)

Empire Beauty, York, PA

 Melissa DiBartolo

Melissa DiBartolo

Cosmetology Spa Institute, Crystal Lake, IL

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Allison Gallagher

Aveda Institute, Minneapolis, MN

 Monica Gaspard

Monica Gaspard

Empire Beauty, Arlington Heights, IL

 No Photo Available

Kathleen Harmon

Miller Motte Tech College, Jacksonville, NC

 Emily Heath

Emily Heath

(left)

Empire Beauty, Bangor, ME

 Michelle Henderson

Michelle Henderson

(right)

Empire Beauty, Springfield, PA

 No Photo Available

Aaqila Jones

Empire Beauty, Philadelphia, PA

Mikaela Keane

Mikaela Keane

Capri Beauty College, New Lenox, IL

 Torri Monteith

Torri Monteith

Euphoria Institute, Las Vegas, NV 

Melissa Ortiz

Melissa Ortiz

(center)

Western Suffolk Boces, Northport, NY

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Dominic Ricciardi

Lehigh Valley Barber School, Bethlehem, PA

 Anita Schuler

Anita Schuler

Toni & Guy Hair Academy, Shoreline, WA

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Precious Smith

Marinello School of Beauty, Inglewood, CA

 Samantha Stanislas

Samantha Stanislas

American Beauty School, Bronx, NY

 Blerina Sulo

Blerina Sulo

Aveda Institute, Royal Oak, MI

 No Photo Available

Kenneth Toins

Molar Barber School, Minneapolis, MN

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Natalia Wollmuth

Tricoci University, Libertyville, IL

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 with 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 274 talented hairstylists and we look
forward to continuing our support of careers in the industry,” explained Florence Francis, widow of Joe Francis, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the Foundation.

Joe’s daughter, and President of the Foundation, Barbara Francis, announced, “This year, we are dedicating the scholarhsip awards in memory of a Board Member, Rick Goldberg, who passed away unexpectedly. Rick was instrumental in establishing the Foundation, and a strong supporter of our mission. The respect and admiration between my father, Joe, and Rick was mutual, and we are forever grateful for Rick's help and service to the Foundation. His envergy and contribution will always be missed."

 

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