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  Record Number of Scholarships Awarded in 2018!

Minneapolis, MN – November 15, 2018 – This year 34 students from across the United States received a $1,200 from the Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation. The scholarships are awarded directly toward tuition costs for cosmetology education.  Over the past 21 years the Foundation has awarded 384 scholarships and given close to a half million dollars in scholarships. Congratulations to the 2018 recipients and to their schools!  This year's scholarship recipients are:

 Zakeya Batteast

Zakeya Batteast

Panache Academy, Barboo, WI

 Brenna Bingham

Brenna Bingham

Avalon School of Cosmetology, Layton, UT

 Kennedy Bolden

Kennedy Bolden

Shuler School of Cosmetology, Greenville, SC

  Kelsey Brack

Kelsey Brack

Hays Academy of Hair, Salina, KS

 Annie Bromberg

Annie Bromberg

Summit Salon Academy, Tacoma, WA

 Lisa Buchhalter

Lisa Buchhalter

Creative Images, Dayton, OH

  Mackenzie Castro

Mackenzie Castro

Elite Academy of Hair Design, Bellaire, OH

 Camille Clancy

Camille Clancy

Paul Mitchell School, Lakewood, CO

 Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark

Urban Barber College, Concord, CA

 Janelle Daley

Janelle Daley

American Barbering College, Louisville, KY
 Sarah Dilallo

Sarah Dilallo

Shearego, Rochester, NY

 Inga Evans

Inga Evans

Academy of Cosmetology, Bozeman, MT

  Blessings Fandi

Blessings Fandi

Bella Capelli Academy, Pittsburgh, PA

  Mariah Fowlkes

Mariah Fowlkes

Long Island Beauty School, Hauppauge, NY

 Tiffany Gess

Tiffany Gess

Empire Beauty School, Flagstaff, AZ

 Dalel Gonzalez

Dalel Gonzalez

Savanah Technical College, Hinesville, GA

 Addison Hiatt

Addison Hiatt

Toni & Guy Academy, Albuquerque, NM

 Brittany Hollis

Brittany Hollis

Summit Salon Academy, Lexington, KY

 Gabrielle Krieder

Gabrielle Krieder

Rudaes School of Beauty Culture, Fort Wayne, IN

 Joy Khoury

Joy Khoury

Kaizen Beauty Academy, Pembroke Pines, FL

 Courtney Learned

Courtney Learned

Paul Mitchell School, Normal, IL

 Yvette Leija

Yvette Leija

LaJames Beauty School

 Carolyn Lutz

Carolyn Lutz

Century College, White Bear Lake, MN

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Amber Mcweay

Paul Mitchell School, Roswell, GA

 Stevie Milbridge-Scott

Stevie Milbridge-Scott

WI Indianhead Technical School, Superior, WI

 Michael Owens

Michael Owens

Rudy & Kelly Academy, Virginia Beach, VA

 Barbara Palomares

Barbara Palomares

Paul Mitchell School, Arlington, TX

 James Puertas

James Puertas

Paul Mitchell School, Provo, UT

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Martha Rodriguez

Houston Training School, Houston, TX

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Lindsey Schiro

Paul Mitchell School, Tampa, FL

 Crystal Scott

Crystal Scott

Paul Mitchell School, Jacksonville, FL

 Tarneda Seals

Tarneda Seals

Chanell Ardor School of Beauty, Madison, WI

 Leah Smothers

Leah Smothers

Toni & Guy Academy, Shoreline, WA

 Crystal Stevens-Benson

Crystal Stevens-Benson

Rocky Mountain Academy, Glenrock, WY

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 384 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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