Applications for a coveted spot in the Professional Beauty Association’s (PBA) Beacon student program are pouring in as PBA gears up for another exciting program this July in Las Vegas. Hosted during PBA Beauty Week, July 13-15, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Beacon gives the nation’s best and brightest students the opportunity to meet industry icons, learn about the business behind beauty, and rub elbows with the industry’s most elite artists at the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), also held during PBA Beauty Week.

“I promise that if you ask any student who has earned the right to sit in the Beacon program, they will tell you that it has been a life changer. The talent of Beacon students is incredible. At the end of the weekend, they leave with a new perspective on the industry, a great list of new leads and contacts, and many with a new job! I can’t wait for next year. It is the greatest program of its kind.” ~ Geno Stampora, Beacon Host

Be Part of the Action in 2013

Applications are due March 2. Only 100 winners and 200 honorable mentions will attend! Don’t delay – submit your entry now at!

To apply, students must show their skill and creativity with:

Professional Resume: The most crucial document for a young professional trying to get their foot in the door, the resume holds a high value in the judging process. Resumes are judged on quality and professionalism, not on experience. 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: This is 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 an industry idea you are passionate about or to sell yourself as a future salon/spa professional. Examples of marketing pieces include a website, brochure, storyboard, or a 30-second commercial.

To learn more and apply about the Beacon student program, or to download a poster to for your school, visit

About PBA Signature Events

Beacon is produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). 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.