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$25,500 in Scholarships Awarded to

Cosmetology Students Nationwide

Minneapolis, MN – November 9, 2020 Seventeen deserving students from across the United States each received $1,500 scholarships from the Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation. 

The scholarships are awarded directly toward tuition costs for cosmetology and barber education.  Over the past 23 years the Foundation has awarded 427 scholarships totaling $456,300 given to students enrolled in cosmetology and barber programs. Congratulations to our 2020 recipients and their schools!  This year's scholarship recipients are:

 Gracie Alicia

Gracie Alicia

Summit Salon Academy, Anderson, IN

 Zachary Allen

Zachary Allen

Aveda Institute, Augusta, ME

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Alexis Arkanoff

Rudy & Kelly Academy, Viriginia Beach, VA

 Jerrika Bircher

Jerrika Bircher

Toni & Guy Academy, Coeur d'Alene, ID 

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Keely Chrispin

Bella Capelli, Monroeville, PA

 Cecelia Clutter

Cecelia Clutter

Capitol School of Hairstyling, Omaha, NE

 Jessica Demars

Jessica Demars

Continental Academie, Hudson, NH

 Elizabeth Dornian

Elizabeth Dornian

Vida Sassoon Academy, Santa Monica, CA

 Chloe Figgins

Chloe Figgins

Salon Professional Academy, Maplewood, MN

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Adella Getine

Empire Beauty School, Cherry Hill, NJ

 Byron Jones

Byron James

Blade Craft Barber Academy, Dallas, TX

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Hannah Lazarin

The Studio Academy of Beauty, Gilbert, AZ

 Anthony MadPlume

Anthony MadPlume

Montana Academy of Salons, Great Falls, MT

  Crystal Orr

Crystal Orr

Savanah Technical College, Savanah, GA

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Erika Rivera

VICI Beauty School, Milwaukee, WI

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Rosalina Rodriguez

Hair Professionals College, Sycamore, IL

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Taurus Wilson

Brown Beauty Barber School, Bressemer, AL

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 427 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.”

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