Moroccanoil is celebrating the power of confidence and honoring the legacy of an esteemed beauty educator as it awards three scholarships. Each scholarship recipient receives a $5,000 tuition award toward her cosmetology program and an invaluable vote of confidence from Moroccanoil. The scholarships are administered by Beauty Changes Lives. Meet the scholarship winners below:
Meghan Hardiman, Courage to Dream Scholarship Recipient
Arrojo Cosmetology School, New York, NY
Meghan’s desire to join the beauty industry has roots in the toy department when she begged her dad to buy her a giant “Bratz” head just so she could cut its hair off. When that appeal didn’t work, she practiced on younger family members, styling cousins’ hair and putting on fashion shows. After family insisted that she attend college, Meghan earned a degree in elementary and special education. While working toward a master’s degree she found the courage to pursue her passion and stop working about what others thought was “best” for her. “Courage for me is pursuing what you’re most passionate about and not letting anyone stop you,” says Meghan who looks forward to becoming a celebrity hairstylist. Watch her video here.
Mariah Sanchez, Cultivating Confidence Scholarship Recipient
Del-Mar-Va Beauty Academy, Salisbury, MD
Every confident person has that moment when she first discovers her confidence. Mariah’s moment of discovery arrived on senior prom night. “When I couldn’t find a makeup artist for my senior prom, I learned how to do my prom makeup myself and I wore my confidence like a charm,” says Mariah, adding that “confidence is the new beautiful.” Mariah looks forward to creating a positive salon environment where clients not only see their beauty in the mirror but hear it in positive words of affirmation. “Words can contribute to beauty and self-love, which is the very best kind of love,” says Mariah. Watch her video here.
Madison Showalter, Moroccanoil John Heinemann Memorial Scholarship Recipient
Salon Professional Academy, Altoona, PA
Community service has long been at the center of Madison’s life, whether serving her church, a local food pantry, or elderly neighbors. From yard work to creating blessing boxes filled with food, hygiene, diapers and other life supplies, Madison strives to make her neighborhood more beautiful through acts of service. As a craftswoman, she recently contributed her talents to building a wheelchair ramp for a local couple. The couple’s joy and gratitude reflected how much acts of beauty and kindness can change lives. “There is no greater feeling than helping others and that’s what I love about the beauty business,” she says. As a hairstylist she looks forward to helping each client finds a style that helps them feel like the very best version of themselves. Watch her video here.