Attention current cosmetology students - Here is your chance to set yourself apart from the rest! The PBA Beacon student program provides the nation’s most promising cosmetology students with specialized education on the business of beauty and opportunties to network with the industry’s elite during PBA Beauty Week, July 13-15, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV.

Thousands of student will apply but only 300 total will attend. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to kick-start your career, expand your education, and get up close and personal with NAHA finalists! Learn More.

What You’ll Need To Apply

Professional Resume
The most crucial document for a young professional trying to get their foot in the door, your resume will hold high value in the judging process. Resumes are judged on quality and professionalism, not how much experience you’ve had. It’s important to balance your creativity with professional presentation.

Letter of Recommendation
Submit a letter of recommendation from a school administrator (Instructor, Director, Career Counselor, etc.) telling judges why you are a good candidate for the Beacon program. As a new job seeker, having a professional reputation is an important asset.

Portfolio of Images
Submit three images, showcasing your talent in the career path you would like to follow (hair, nails, skin, etc.). We know students will be at varying levels in their schooling, so you may use mannequins or live models for this portion of the application process. This is an opportunity to start or add to your professional portfolio.

Professional Marketing Piece
Here’s your opportunity to be creative and tell future employers and clients who you are, what you can do, and what your career goals are. Create a marketing piece to sell yourself as a future salon/spa professional or to sell an industry idea you are passionate about. Examples of promotional pieces include a website, brochure, storyboard, or a 30-second commercial. If your marketing piece is a commercial or website, simply submit the link. If you choose to make a brochure or flyer, save it as a Word document or PDF and upload the file. For any physical object, such as a storyboard, submit up to 3 images of your completed project.

To compete, you must be a student enrolled in an appropriate program (cosmetology, esthetics, nail technicians, etc.) in the U.S. or Canada between September 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014. Former Beacon winners are NOT eligible to re-apply.

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About PBA Events

The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is a leading producer of industry trade events and competitions. Our renowned events are a catalyst for forging industry relations and advancing beauty careers. Along with our Signature Events, PBA provides our members with Education, Government Advocacy, Charitable Outreach, Research and Business Resources. Visit for more information.