Industry Scholarships

Choose A Scholarship (scroll down for details and links)

  • High School Scholarship
  • Sport Clips Scholarship
  • The NCEA Esthetician Scholarship
  • Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship
  • AHBAI Scholarship
  • Farouk Systems USA/AACS Cosmetology Scholarship
  • Dream Shears/Trade Essentials Scholarship
  • CND Scholarship
  • OPI Scholarships
  • Pat Goins Memorial Scholarship – Multiple $1,000 Scholarships

High School Scholarship Program

High school seniors enrolled in International Academy’s Cosmetology program are eligible to apply for International Academy funded high school scholarships. Three are available in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. Applicants are evaluated and selected by International Academy’s scholarship review board, comprised of salon/industry professionals from local communities. The deadline for applications is May 1st of the student’s** senior year.

Sport Clips Scholarship

Sport Clips Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity available through AACS, which is awarding multiple $1,000 scholarships for Cosmetology students who attend AACS member schools. Only one scholarship recipient will be chosen from an individual school per year for the program. For more information visit

The NCEA Esthetician Scholarship

The NCEA Esthetician Scholarship awards $1,000 toward their education while meeting certain requirements such as financial circumstances, attendance and maintaining acceptable grades. Application deadlines are quarterly and can be found at

Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship

Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship awards $1,000 scholarships for students enrolled or applying for enrollment to a barber or cosmetology school. Esthetician or Nail training students are not eligible. For details visit

AHBAI Scholarship

The American Health and Beauty Aids Institute or the AHBAI Fred Luster, Sr. Education Foundation offers scholarships specifically to cosmetology students. For information on the Chicago-based foundation, please visit their website at

Farouk Systems USA/AACS Cosmetology Scholarship

Farouk Systems USA/AACS awards students attending AACS member schools scholarships in the amount of $1,000 provided by Farouk Systems USA. For annual deadlines and requirements visit

Dream Shears/Trade Essentials Scholarship

Dream Shears and Trade Essentials awards multiple Cosmetology students attending AACS member schools scholarships in the amount of $500 compliments of Dream Shears and Trade Essentials. For specific deadlines and requirements visit

CND Scholarship

The CND awards one student enrolled in a Nail-only program from an AACS member school a scholarship in the amount of $500 through the ACE (Access to Cosmetology Education) Scholarship Program. For more information visit

OPI Scholarships

OPI offers multiple scholarships for Cosmetology students attending AACS member schools in the amount of $500 each through the Schaeffer Family Foundation. Recipients are based on an essay and one industry recommendation. For more information visit

Pat Goins Memorial Scholarship – Multiple $1,000 Scholarships

The Pat Goins Memorial Scholarship Program awards multiple $1,000 scholarships to Cosmetology Students attending AACS member schools. For more information visit


International Academy provided me with a strong educational and professional foundation in which I have been able to build upon. My goal has been to elevate myself and others to new levels of success and to show cosmetology graduates that anything is possible in our industry.

Kirk R.

After graduating from Intl Academy I went out into the real world of with such confidence and was ready for anything had to offer me. I started with Hair Cuttery and in 6 months became the manager. Several years later I opened my own salon with another Intl Academy grad and have successfully been in business over 4 years thanks to my fabulous education, love and support from Mez and the entire staff at Intl Academy!

Tara L.

Everything is great now since moving up North and graduating from International Academy. I got my dream job in Maryland. I seriously couldn’t be happier! I have been busy with bookings and double booked for 2 months out! My high energy really works in this industry. I'll be continuing my education but I’m so grateful for you everyone at International Academy.

Carina D.

International Academy is not just a school for me, they became my family. Even when I visit as a graduate, I feel like I am visiting my family. Since Graduation, I have been employed with Great Clips and love my career. I am beginning Management training there and I owe it all to the training I received at International Academy. They truly exceeded my expectations!

Ernest C.

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