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BEACON - AN ELITE PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS

PBA's Beacon is an elite program for students that provides top beauty industry students with a unique opportunity to gain career insights from leading beauty influencers and network with owners from the most prestigious salons across the United States.

Designed to inspire and prepare students for a successful career, the Beacon program accepts only 350 applicants each year.

The application period for 2020 is now closed. Congratulations to the Beacon class of 2020!

Key Dates

2019 Aug 12 Entry Opens

Application Opens

2019 Sept 30 Entry Closes

Application Closes

2019 Oct 14 Accepted Students Announced

Accepted Students Announced

2019 Jan 25 Beacon 2020 Event International Salon + Spa Expo Long Beach, CA

Beacon 2020 Event

International Salon + Spa Expo Long Beach, CA

Why You Should Apply

Connect
With Mentors

At Beacon, you'll connect with some of our industry's top hairdressers, salon and spa owners and influencers.

Be
Inspired

As a Beacon student, you will be a VIP guest at the International Salon + Spa Expo in Long Beach, and attend the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA).

Professional
Guidance

Meet and network with the most influential professionals in the industry to help inspire and prepare you for your new career.

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Elevate
Your Career

Beacon students gain national recognition and access to a network of thousands of top salons across the U.S.

Get helpful tips and tools for your students

How To Apply

Cosmetology, barber, esthetics and nail students who are enrolled in an accredited program as of September 15, 2019 are eligible to apply. (Recent graduates are eligible to apply as long as they were enrolled between August 12, 2019 and September 15, 2019.)

  1. Resume

    Your resume is your first impression on prospective employers and should highlight
    your skill, experience and what sets you apart.

    Get Resume Tips & Requirements
  2. Letter of Recommendation

    Let those who know you brag a little! Ask an instructor or employer to tell us what makes you great.

    Get Letter Tips & Requirements
  3. Instagram Account

    Your social portfolio is essential to showing employers and clients your skills and expertise.

    Get Instagram Tips & Requirements
  4. Video Introduction

    Bring to life your excitement and interest for Beacon 2020!
    Introduce yourself and let us know why you want to participate in Beacon.

    Get Video Tips & Requirements

PBA STUDENT MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PERKS!

Join the PBA community for access to career building resources and education, discounts to major industry events, free magazine subscriptions, product and service discounts and so much more!

JOIN NOW!

BEACON 2019 WINNERS

  • ALABAMA

    Paul Mitchell the School Birmingham
    • Heather Harlow
    Paul Mitchell the School Huntsville
    • Brandi Cox
  • ALASKA

    S Salon and Studio
    • Riley Jacobs
  • ARIZONA

    Paul Mitchell the School Phoenix
    • Monica Thompson
    Penrose Academy
    • Patricia Bennett
    • Serena Gutierrez
    • Lindsey Jorgensen
    • Julia Kolb
    • Brunella Montano
    • Kristina Rodriguez
    • Kaylee Taube
  • ARKANSAS

    Paul Mitchell the School Arkansas
    • Reina Thomas
  • CALIFORNIA

    Aveda Institute Los Angeles
    • Haley Brook
    Bellus Academy
    • Casey Chin
    Paul Mitchell the School Costa Mesa
    • Armida Lizarraga
    • Brenda Zapien
    Paul Mitchell the School San Diego
    • Christine Doan
    Paul Mitchell the School Temecula
    • Sarah Bolla
    • Gabrielle Gonzalez
    • Ashley Gosvener
    • Kenia Guevara
    • Lydia Heigl
    • Rileigh Hickey
    • Samantha Hilleary
    • Karie Johnson
    • Venus Kendrick
    • Hailey Lorance
    • Amie Marchetti
    • Candi Miranda
    • Kayla Moores
    • Marina Rodriguez
    • Kali Sloat
    • Elizabeth Thomas
    • Jennifer Thompson
    • Samantha Wild
    • Tishnae Wise
    • Alyssa Wuebbels
    San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology
    • Tara Anderson
    • Carina Melara
    • Jameson Montgomery
    • Alexander Steinhaus
    • Cassandra Swiney
  • CONNECTICUT

    Paul Mitchell the School Danbury
    • Tabitha Goulart
    • Darya Pneva
    • Ashley Calandro
    • Makayla Kraynak
    • Olivia Marinelli
  • FLORIDA

    Paul Mitchell the School Miami
    • Melissa Sanon
    Paul Mitchell the School Orlando
    • Kayla Gabrielli
    • Gabrielle Martinez
    • Cynthia Sefried
    Tenaj Salon Institute
    • Kimberly Alonso
    • Brittni Baker
    • Candace Bowers
    • Mary Cox
    • Alissa Goist
    • Kelsey Kratzmeier
    • Courtney Oleson
    • Caroline Tart
    • Savannah Zuk
  • GEORGIA

    Aveda Institute Atlanta
    • Kourtneii McConnico
    Paul Mitchell the School Esani
    • Quentina Allen
    • Derdlim Dubose
    • Sydnea Lanfear
    • Cameron Reeves
    • Brittany Trambauer
  • IDAHO

    Oliver Finley Academy
    • Elizabeth Timm
    • Amber Wadsworth
    Paul Mitchell the School Boise
    • Hailey Davila
    • Kaycee Edens
    • Timberly Gyurdzhiyants
    • Hayley Hixon
    • Megan Maxwell
    • Victoria Mullins
    • Jordan Remington
    • Mari Vanderlinden
    Paul Mitchell the School Rexburg
    • Alexandrea Carver
    • Elena Orton
    • Hannah Smith
    The Salon Professional Academy- Nampa
    • Alajandria Nick
  • ILLINOIS

    Douglas J Aveda Institute - Chicago
    • Carlisa Bly
    • Danielle Ditchfield
    • Emily Wynne
    Paul Mitchell the School Chicago
    • Lauren Di Vito
    Pivot Point Academy - Bloomingdale Campus
    • Beth Chyna
  • INDIANA

    Aveda Fredric's Institute - Indianapolis
    • Caitlyn Biddle
    • Breanne Musgrave
    • Destany Newlin
    • Elissa Nyberg
  • IOWA

    Aveda Institute Des Moines
    • Daniella Fehring
    • Bailey Stone
  • KANSAS

    Paul Mitchell the School Overland Park
    • Creighton McAfee
    Paul Mitchell the School Wichita
    • Amber Bias
  • KENTUCKY

    Paul Mitchell the School Louisville
    • Karla Molina Susunaga
  • LOUISIANA

    Paul Mitchell the School Vanguard College of Metairie
    • Brittany Gilbert
  • MARYLAND

    The Temple: A Paul Mitchell Partner School
    • Kerstyn Markle
  • MICHIGAN

    Douglas J Aveda Institute - East Lansing
    • Claire Bramer
    • Mariah Bussell
    • Andrea Cuellar
    • Brittany Davila
    • Carly Gerould
    • Elizabeth Hurd
    • Jenna Proctor
    • Faith Spalding
    • Jaelynn Taylor
    • Rebecca Wells
    • Katie Witgen
    Douglas J Aveda Institute - Grand Rapids
    • Kendall Carino
    • Brittney Flowers
    • Emmali Kepley
    Paul Mitchell The School Grand Rapids
    • Kylie Boltz
    • Troy Boonstra
    • Laura Jonkman
    Paul Mitchell the School Great Lakes
    • Bryce Kranc
    • Sunny Randle-Ellis
    • Katelyn Robbins
    • Carahgan Spencer
    Paul Mitchell the School Michigan
    • TJ Benrowski
    • Kelsey Bommarito
    • Ryan Daly
    • Kaitlynne Elder
    • Kelcey Gravatt
    • Maia Mckeever
    • Donneisha Owens
  • MISSOURI

    Paul Mitchell the School St Louis
    • Dajsha Brown
    • Chelsea Chapman
    • Danica Craig
    • Erika Hartwick
    • Lakeshia Jones
    • Jeanae Phillips
  • MONTANA

    Bold Beauty Academy
    • Brooke Bailey
    • Aiyana Bridges
    • Marlon Joe
    • Tristyn Mackenzie
    • Matyiah Traeholt
  • NEVADA

    Paul Mitchell the School Las Vegas
    • Alyssa Herrera
    • Hallye Jones
    • Sarah Scollo
    • Desiree Senior
    • Stephanie Swenson
    Paul Mitchell the School Reno
    • Jocy Gonzalez
  • NEW JERSEY

    Parisian Beauty Academy
    • Quaniqua Avant
    • Katherine Lescano
  • NORTH CAROLINA

    Aveda Institute Chapel Hill
    • Kerry Lott
    • Robin Miles
    • Megan Murphy
    • Sydnee Yates
    Paul Mitchell the School Fayetteville
    • Hannah Gradisar-Whalen
    • Jennifer Paolucci
    • Danielle Pryor
    • Britt Stechly
  • OHIO

    Aveda Fredric's Institute - Cincinnati
    • Danielle Ferguson
    Aveda Institute Columbus
    • Shane Baker
    • Mauritsa Borgia
    • Cassandra Brown
    • Tyra Cherry
    • Cheyenne Clark
    • Kathryn Cover
    • Shannon Di Pietro
    • Torre Elliott
    • Daniel Evans Iii
    • Sarah Gareau
    • Gianni Hagans
    • Allison Harris
    • Kylee Saksa
    • Cydney Simon
    • Natalie Truex
    • Elizabeth Vacca
    • Thai Watson
    • Shannon Williams
    Paul Mitchell the School Cincinnati
    • Chloe Rowley
    Paul Mitchell the School Cleveland
    • Faith Carey
    • Jodi Durkee
    • Olivia Kamicker
    • Mackenzie Moore
    • Tiffany Peterson
    • Amanda Reed
    • Emma Rickey
    • Alyssa Spitznagel
    • Ellen Walters
    • Brittany Williams
    Paul Mitchell the school Columbus
    • Kristen Angeloff
    • Bethany Valentine
    • Payne White
  • OKLAHOMA

    Imagine - Oklahoma
    • Janet Silvestre
    • Stephanie Thompson
  • OREGON

    Paul Mitchell the School Portland
    • Rosa Decker
    • Tamara Hawkins
    • Meg Moon
    • Carmelita Ochoa-Wright
  • PENNSYLVANIA

    Bella Capelli Academy - Monroeville
    • Vladimir Dinev
    • Tory Gismondi
  • RHODE ISLAND

    Empire Beauty School -Providence Campus
    • Carolina Lorenzo
    Paul Mitchell the School Rhode Island
    • Cassidy Friedlander
    • Ciarra Russo
    • Kathryn Warrington
  • SOUTH CAROLINA

    Paul Mitchell the School Greenville
    • Christina Souvannaphong
  • TENNESSEE

    Douglas J Aveda Institute - Knoxville
    • Cheyenne Redditt
    • Jasmaine Vernon
  • TEXAS

    Avenue Five Institute
    • Amelia Haskins
    Navarro Cosmetology
    • Madeline Losoya
    Ogle School Arlington
    • Sabrena Dickey
    • Andrea Nelson
    • Erika Newlin
    • Jayme Roberts
    Ogle School Dallas
    • Jason Biggers
    • Monica Hartis
    • Victoria Lopez
    • Maira Mondragon
    • Alante Williams
    Ogle School Denton
    • Skylar Furgerson
    • Briton Malone
    • Priscilla Mennitto
    • Jahleesha Peters
    • Jessica Phillips
    • Amanda Schumacher Voogt
    • Judy Stewart
    • Madelyn Tackett
    Ogle School Fort Worth
    • Lindsey King
    • Brittany Lewis
    • Shawna Murphy
    • Faith Piveral
    • Amber Swaner
    Ogle School Houston/Stafford
    • Elizabeth Garza
    • Jasmine Harville
    • Jessica Miller
    • Lawanda Pearson
    • Bridget Shaw
    Ogle School San Antonio
    • Gisselle Cupit
    • Paloma Grifaldo
    • Julie Thiele
    • Jessica Wilson
    Paul Mitchell the School Arlington
    • Alexandra Burum
    • Melissa Cole
    • Charlee Cope
    • Keyarah Metellus
    • Ashley Ramos
    • Keisha Sisk
    • Whitney Vanderford
    • Alanah Zigelhofer
    Paul Mitchell the School Austin
    • Wade Beesley
    • Amber Schooley
    Paul Mitchell the School Dallas
    • Mikah Johnson
    • Danielle Wessman
    Salon Boutique Academy
    • Krystal King
    • Joanna Wardlaw
    William Edge Institute
    • Jordan Johnson
  • UTAH

    Paul Mitchell the School Logan
    • Whitney Dabb
    • Karrie Hunt
    • David Rusnak
    Paul Mitchell the School Ogden
    • Miranda Clark
    • Valenda Escobedo
    • Adreana Gallegos
    • Charli Georgi
    • Jaycee Maw
    • Britny Nelson
    • Chelette Parry
    • Karen Ruelan
    • Maddie Whitten
    • Mario Zaragoza
    Paul Mitchell the School Provo
    • London Thompson
    Paul Mitchell the School Salt Lake City
    • Chaney Bishop
    • Elizabeth Boshard
    • Katie Cuell
    • Daijcha Dearing
    • Susie Delcarmen
    • Amela Dzafic
    • Magen Judkins
    • Lasini Leha'Uli
    • Tiare Leha'Uli
    • Laila Reyes
    • Sara Smith
    • Sydney Amanda Stock
    • Hazel Tomala
    Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design - Orem
    • Amber Braithwaite
    • Jeannette Chacon
    • Sarah Franz
    • Veronica Rodriguez
    Taylor Andrews Academy of Hair Design - West Jordan
    • Emily Brooksby
    • Angela Engebretsen
    • Miriah Farnsworth
    • Lorena Gilbert
    • Mikaley Haddan
    • Clarissa Nuckles
    • Sativa Stecki
    • Chance Wilson
  • VIRGINIA

    Paul Mitchell the School Tyson's Corner
    • Alicia Shealey
    Rudy and Kelly Academy: A Paul Michell Partner School
    • Ariana Frye
    • Julie Gutierrez
    • Indya Jones
    • Daeisha Vineyard
  • WASHINGTON

    Gene Juarez Academy - North Seattle
    • Mikayla Druhan
    • Emily Edson
    • Sarah Harding
    • Brylee Langdon
    • Jessica Moldenhauer
    Paul Mitchell the School Richland
    • Kymberlee Gimmaka
    • Skylan Smearman
    • Dalia Vicente