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  Celebrating Two Decades of Giving the Annual Joe Francis Haircare Scholarships Awards are Announced

Minneapolis, MN – October 31, 2017 – 26 students across the United States each received a $1,200 Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship toward tuition costs for cosmetology education. With over decades of giving, the Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation has awarded nearly half million dollars in scholarships. The 2017 recipients and their schools of choice are:   

 

 Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Montana Academy of Salons, Great Falls, MT

 Hannah Arel

Hannah Arel

Aveda Institute, Augusta,ME

Avery Brun

Avery Brun

College of Hair Design, Lincoln, NE

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Lauren Bryner

Johnny Matthew's School, Salem, OR

 Mariah Carpenter

Mariah Carpenter

Rudy & Kelly's Academy, Virginia Beach, VA

Kirstin Chamblee

Kirstin Chamblee

Empire Beauty School, Lousiville, KY

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Megan Clarke

Cosmetology Careers Unlimited, Duluth, MN

 Hope Cornstubble

Hope Cornstubble

Salon Professional Academy, Battle Creek, MI

 Carlie Daniels

Carlie Daniels

Del Mar VA Beauty Academy, Salisbury, MD

Dejuana Donaldson

Dejuana Donaldson

Hair Design Institute, Apopka, FL
 Leah Eberle

Leah Eberle

Robert Paul Academy, Timonium, MD

 Mireya Escalante Medoza

Mireya Escalante Medoza

Tucson College of Beauty, Tucson, AZ

  Mary Garcia

Mary Garcia

OG's School of Hair Design, Killeen, TX

  Zachary Harvey

Zachary Harvey

Aveda Institute, Dallas TX

 Kari Beth Haugh

Kari Beth Haugh

Minnesota School of Barbering, Minneapolis, MN

 Katherine Hilger

Katherine Hilger

Eric Fisher Academy, Wichita, KS

Michael Iverson

Michael Iverson

Montana Academy of Salons, Great Falls, MT

 Sheridan Juarez

Sheridan Juarez

LaJames International College, Fort Dodge, IA

 Amber Kosmos

Amber Kosmos

Sherman Kendall Academy, Salt Lake City, UT

 Phil Lerdal

Phil Lerdal

Paul Mitchell School, Spokane Valley, WA

 Landra Marjama

Landra Marjama

Bold Beauty Academy, Billings, MT

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Cassie McFarren

Impact Beauty School, Fort Wayne, IN

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Riena Moreno

IBMC College, Greeley, CO

 Jasmine Royal

Jasmine Royal

Kenneth Schuller, North Augusta, SC

Kathryn Warrington

Kathryn Warrington

Paul Mitchell School, Cranston, RI

 Sarah Zahradka

Sarah Zahradka

Hays Academy, Hays, KS

 

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 awarded 350 talented hairstylists and barbers with scholarships 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.”

 

           Applications for future scholarships are accepted from January through June 1st of each year, with award notifications made each September.  For more information, visit the Foundation’s web site:  www.joefrancis.com or email: contact@joefrancis.com

 

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