The Great Scholarship Program (Great Clips)

The GREAT Scholarship Program is given in memory of Alice Madden Barton.

Great Clips offers current students, high school students and anyone interested in cosmetology or barbering as a career can apply through the Alice Madden Barton Scholarship program.  These scholarships can be used at our schools.

The scholarships are given twice a year in January and July to applicants who can demonstrate a passion for the craft and dedication to developing their skills.  The deadlines for applications are June 30 and December 31.

Apply here or share this link if you or someone you know would like to apply.

Good luck and a GREAT THANK YOU to Great Clips!

Beauty Changes Lives

Are you ready to embark on living a beautiful life and joining the ranks of top industry beauty and wellness professionals?  Apply today for your chance at changing your life through a BCL (Beauty Changes Lives) scholarship.

Each of our schools is a proud member of the AACS (American Association of Cosmetology Schools).  As a member, our students and prospective students are eligible!

The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, established by AACS (American Association of Cosmetology Schools), celebrates the rich and rewarding careers in beauty and wellness and helps to make dreams come true with scholarship opportunities.

Beauty Schools Directory

Do you dream of the day you can graduate from cosmetology school and pass the state licensing exams for a rewarding career in beauty, but you’re not sure how you’re going to pay for it?  Apply now for a chance to win a $2,500 cosmetology scholarship from Beauty Schools Marketing Group!

Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation

Apply Here!

Joe Francis (1933-1994), founder of The Barbers Corporation was the quintessential self-made man who never forgot his early struggles and continuously looked for ways to help others find opportunities in the salon business. To memorialize his life and achievements, The Joe Francis Haircare Cosmetology Scholarship Foundation was established in 1994 by his wife of 39 years, Flo Francis, and the many people whom he advised and mentored to their own success in the industry.

Joe began his career as a shoeshine boy for a local barber school in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His labors eventually led him to enroll as a barber student at the age of 17, and he set a record as the youngest Barber to get his license in the State of Minnesota. His entrepreneurial spirit flourished and in 1963, he built his first state-of-the-art hair salon. In 1970, Joe Francis was the first in the industry to franchise through his now publicly-traded company, The Barbers Hairstyling for Men and Women, Inc. The company enjoyed great success and by 2000 had established over 1,000 hair salons throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia.

OPI Scholarships

Nail products manufacturer OPI, via The Schaeffer Family Foundation, selects two deserving nail technology/manicuring program students monthly for a $500 scholarship at preferred OPI schools (it offers scholarships to cosmetology students as well). Applicants must include an essay on why they want to become a nail tech, plus get a written recommendation from a licensed beauty professional.

Print your application here and submit your 1-2 page essay or link for video essay:

  • via mail:  YourNewSchool ATTN: OPI Scholarship 1803 W. 95th St., PMB 281 Chicago, IL 60643
  • via fax: 773.409.8526
  • email:


Sport Clips Scholarship

Through the ACE (Access to Cosmetology Education) Scholarship Program, up to 15 Cosmetology Students who are enrolled in an AACS member school (all of our schools are AACS member schools!), will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship provided by Sport Clips.

Apply here!

Applicants must be in good standing as of the submission date.  Applicants must have maintained at least 80% attendance, 80% grade average, and demonstrate financial need.  The applicant must be enrolled in a cosmetology or barber program and must have completed at least 50% of the required program hours.  The application must be verified by a school official.

ACE Grant

Prior to visiting the cosmetology school you are interested in attending, please
make sure to complete this application. Bring this completed application, the
completed Salon Assessment and proof of your high school degree or GED with
you for the initial meeting with the school’s owner or admissions director

Apply here!