PBA Executive Director, Grand Prize Winner Accept Scholarship Check at ISSE Long Beach 2013

Phoenix, AZ (February 13, 2013) – The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and Schwarzkopf & Henkel, manufacturers of Smooth ‘N Shine®, are proud to announce the winners of the “2013 Smooth ‘N Shine Cosmetology Scholarship.” As part of an educational partnership with PBA, Smooth ‘N Shine funded one full-tuition scholarship of $17,500 and 10, $1,000 scholarships to students currently in high school or high school graduates enrolled in or intending to enroll in a program resulting in a cosmetology (hairstyling) license.

Awarded at this year’s International Salon and Spa Expo (ISSE) in Long Beach, PBA Executive Director Steve Sleeper and Robert Jones, the grand prize student scholarship recipient, accepted the check presented by Smooth ‘N Shine Assistant Brand Manager Sean Gossage, Trade Marketing Manager Heidi Meinholz, and celebrity stylist Larry Sims.

“In offering this scholarship, we wanted to reward people who shine – people who show hard work, dependability, and a strong passion for hair. These are qualities that we value deeply, and they’re qualities we know will help these students shine in school and in their careers,” said Heidi Meinholz.

The complete list of the $1,000 winners includes:

  • Rickey Amezquita (Pacific Grove, CA)
  • Ashley Bosch (Holland, MI)
  • Delilah Filholm (Brookings, SD)
  • Haley Graffia (Chalmette, LA)
  • Lacee Hawkins (Frenchtown MT)
  • Raleigh Manning (Crawford, TX)
  • Caitlin Mergard (Cincinnati, OH)
  • LaTonea Miller (Chicago, IL)
  • Josie Nethers (Newark, OH)
  • Nichole Weaver (Gap, PA)

All eligible applicants submitted two letters of recommendation and a typed essay describing the qualities they possess that will make them “shine” in cosmetology school and their future careers. Proof of enrollment / intended enrollment in a cosmetology program was also required. Applications were reviewed and scholarships awarded by a committee appointed by the president of PBA’s Beauty Professional/NCA membership section Graciela Santiler-Nowik. All scholarships are funded by Schwarzkopf & Henkel and administered by the PBA Foundation.  For more information, please visit probeauty.org/scholarships.