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

 

            Minneapolis, MN – October 24, 2016 – 25 students across the United States each received a $1,200 Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship toward tuition costs for cosmetology education. Since its inception 20 years ago, the Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation has given nearly a half million dollars in scholarships. The 2016 recipients and their schools of choice are:   

 Travis Alexander and Erik Phasy

Travis Alexander (right)  and Erik Phasy

Moler Barber School, Minneapolis, MN

 SharaLee Attema

SharaLee Attema

Aveda Institute, Grand Rapids, MI

 Milian Bonillo

Milian Bonillo

Steven Papageorge Academy, Chicago, IL

 Hope Bryant

Hope Bryant

Utah State University Eastern, Price, UT

 No Photo Available

Kira Erickson

Xeon International Academy, Grand Island, NE

  Elsa Estrada

Elsa Estrada (left)

Milan Institute, Bakersfield, CA

 Alissa Garza

Alissa Hanson Garza

Paul Mitchell School, Richland WA

 Jeffrey Giblin

Jeffrey Giblin

Paroba College of Cosmotology, Everett, WA

 No Photo Available

Nicole Hall

Aveda Institute, Augusta, ME
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Emily Harvill

Milan Institute, Reno, NV

 Lindsay Kozlowski

Lindsay Kozlowski

Barber School of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

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Samantha Lafreniere

San Jose City College, San Jose, CA

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Fernando Lujan

Paul Mitchell School, Portland, OR

 Angie Martin

Angie Martin

Paul Mitchell School, Charleston, SC

 Maureen McBean

Maureen McBean

Paul Mitchell School, Schnectady, NY

Morgan Messenger

Morgan Messenger

 

Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, Philadelphia, PA

 Marisa Perez

Marisa Perez

The Salon Professional Academy, Melbourne, FL

 Mavis Rossen

Mavis Rossen

Paris Beauty College, Concord, CA

 Daniel Strohman

Daniel Strohman

Regency Beauty School, Duluth, MN

(new school to be determined)

 Stacy Syroka

Stacy Syroka (left)

Aveda Institute, West Des Moines, IA

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Johnny Taylor

IBS School of Cosmetology, Eugene, OR

 Avalyn Thomas

Avalyn Thomas

Empire Beauty School, Thorton, CO

 Shaindy Weichman

Shaindy Weichman

Carsten Institute, New York, NY

 Zoe Worthen

Zoe Worthen

Aveda Institute, Denver, Co

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.”

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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