Professional Beauty Association Awards Scholarships to Five Aspiring Students, Beauty Professionals to Enhance Education, Career Development

Recipients of 2016 Lifetime Member Scholarship receive $1,000 each to hone skills essential for advancing in the industry; 2017 scholarship application now open


Scottsdale, AZ (May 25, 2016) – The Professional Beauty Association (PBA) is proud to announce the five recipients of its annual Lifetime Member Scholarship. Started in 2014, the annual Lifetime Member Scholarship celebrates an individual’s commitment to PBA and the beauty industry. It is sponsored by the Joseph L. Weir Trust, which was established in 1984 for charitable and educational purposes.

The following recipients will each receive $1,000 to be applied toward cosmetology school fees, advanced education and other expenses:

  • Natalia Pryannik, California
  • Heather Tonarelli, California
  • Kylie Youmans, Colorado
  • Laura Jones, Minnesota
  • Catherine Lopez, Ohio

“The Professional Beauty Association’s mission to advance the beauty industry focuses on aspiring and licensed professionals. We respect the amount of time, energy and effort these individuals dedicate to acquire their licenses and sustain their careers,” said PBA Executive Director Steve Sleeper. “These scholarships are not only a token of our association’s appreciation, but also a recognition from our Lifetime Members.”

Lifetime Member Scholarships are awarded to both students and licensed professionals who demonstrate their dedication to the beauty industry and desire to make a positive, long-term impact.  

 “While cosmetology school prepared me with the basics, I still felt I needed to learn more to land a better job and stand out from other newly licensed cosmetologists. I already had student loans, so getting more in debt to seek out advanced education or certifications was not an option,” said 2016 Lifetime Member Scholarship Recipient Heather Tonarelli. “Winning the scholarship is huge for me. The impact on my career is immeasurable. I will have more advanced training early in my career so I have more to offer to employers and clients. With advanced training, I’ll be more confident and knowledgeable, and able to use my artistry and education for a career, not just a job.”

 2017 Lifetime Membership Scholarship Application Process

Applications for the 2017 Lifetime Member Scholarship are being accepted now until March 1, 2017. Applicants must be a current PBA member to qualify. To learn more, review the scholarship terms, conditions and eligibility rules.

Applications include an essay and letter of recommendation. Each will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the PBA Chair.

Additional information about PBA scholarship opportunities and deadlines can be found here.

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