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2015 Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Recipients

25 students across the United States each received a $1,200 Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship toward tuition costs for cosmetology education. Since its inception 19 years ago, the Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation is approaching fiving half a million dollars in scholarships. The 2015 recipients and their schools of choice are:  

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Madison Almquist

PCI Academy, Plymouth, MN

Robert Ballew

Robert Ballew

Kuenne Academy, Lawrenceville, GA

Josephine Doroja

Josephine Doroja (right)

Empire Beauty, Portsmouth, NH

 Kari Dubay

Kari Dubay

All Beauty College, Kingman, AZ 

 Joseph Fierro

Joseph Fierro

Santa Monica College of Cosmetology, Santa Monica, CA

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Shannon Flakes

Empire Beauty, Pottsville, PA

 Kelsey Gladsjo

Kelsey Gladsjo (right)

Gene Juarez Academy,

Mountlake Terrace, WA

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Delani Golden 

Empire Beauty, Moosic, PA

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Stephanie Heinrichs

Sunstate Academy, Ft Meyers, FL
 Faith Hilliard

Faith Hilliard

Minnesota School of Cosmetology

Woodbury, MN

 Fladile Klee

Fladile Klee (left)

DuVall's School of Cosmetology

Bedford, TX

  Marissa LaCome

Marissa LaCome

Paul Mitchell the School, Lakewood, CO

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Alissa Laye

Empire Beauty, Lauderhill, FL

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Rachael Mimbes

Paul Mitchell the School, Bartlett, TX

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Gina Naylor

Lansdale School of Cosmetology, Lansdale, PA

 Laura Ortiz Garcia

Laura Ortiz Garcia

Divas Institute of Cosmetology,

St Louis, MO 

Sadaf Qadiri

Sadaf Qadiri (right)

Continental School of Beauty, Rochester, NY

 Taylor Anne Riekena

Taylor-Anne Riekena (center)

Summit Salon Academy, Tacoma, WA

 Maria Rodriguez

Maria Rodriguez (right)

Virginia College, Jackson, MI

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Kassidy Roecker 

Minnesota School of Cosmetology, Woodbury, MN

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Anna Sandlin

Somerset Community College, London, KY

 Nathalie Schrank

Nathalie Schrank

Empire Beauty, Pottsville, PA

 Kamri Theis

Kamri Theis (right)

Crave Beauty Academy, Witchita, KS

Latoya Thorne

Latoya Thorne

American Beauty Academy, Baltimore, MD

Gavin Varley

Gavin Varley

Barber School of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Each scholarship recipient demonstrated a strong commitment to complete his or her barber/cosmetology education as well as 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, a self-made man who never forgot his early struggles and continuously looked for ways to help others find opportunities in the hair industry. Joe Francis was inducted posthumously into the National Barbers Hall of Fame.

            “The Scholarship Foundation was Joe’s dream. We have helped educate 299 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, “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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