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Minority Cosmetic Science Scholarship

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Curly Hair Crisis
1 winner$5,150
Application Deadline
Apr 15, 2024
Winners Announced
May 15, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school or undergraduate
Career Field:
Cosmetic science or natural cosmetology

The beauty line Curly Hair Crisis puts a focus on supporting minorities in the field of cosmetic science and wants to encourage the next generation to pursue their goals and find solutions to unique cosmetic problems.

There are many ways to contribute to the skin, hair, and nail cosmetic field, such as research related to fields of chemistry, biochemistry, herbalism, botany, anthropology, microbiology, and more. The Minority Cosmetic Science Scholarship seeks to encourage minorities to get more involved with this field and contribute to the world of cosmetic science.

BIPOC high school and undergraduate students are eligible to apply if they are pursuing a career in natural cosmetology or cosmetic science via majors such as cosmetology, anthropology, botany, chemistry, biochemistry, herbalism, microbiology, and more. To apply, write about yourself and how you plan to make an impact on the hair, skin, and nail industry.

Selection Criteria:
Essay, Passion, Dedication
Published September 17, 2023
Essay Topic

Tell us about yourself and how you plan to impact the hair, skin, and nail industry through your career.

400–600 words

Winning Application

YaAsantewa Mustapha
Valparaiso UniversityGary, IN
Imagine catching fleeting glimpses of beauty, captivating but just out of reach. In those moments, a choice emerges: indifference or a yearning for more. My mother was the former. The world wouldn’t glamorize her experiences. She worked hard and did what society told her to do. Yet, after doing all the right things she was still burning the candle on both ends which always meant putting herself last. Growing up my mom was disconnected from beauty. She loathed picture day and any other occasion that would call for her to put in effort into our looks. From elementary to middle school my sister and I sported our school uniform with a uniform hairstyle. Every morning before school my mom would “slap our hair in a ponytail and call it a day” (as she would say). As I got older this meant my sister and I would eventually have to take on the responsibility of caring for our own hair. Teaching myself how to do my hair resulted in a lot of damage. However, I wore those heat damaged curls and wonky twist-outs proudly. These seemingly failed attempts brought out a lesson on self discovery that ignited my passion for beauty. Expanding my horizon to makeup and skincare by the time I reached high school. Figuring out my own style, I saw my mother’s interest in beauty start to blossom. As I taught her how to apply lashes and curate her skincare routine I got to witness her self discovery journey which brought purpose to my passion. I set out on a mission to help people discover themselves through beauty. This is why I am now in college majoring in chemistry with a focus in cosmetic science. I want to formulate skin care geared towards people of color. My passion for beauty led me to realize that my experience is not just my own. The problem lies in the philosophy that the beauty industry was built upon which did not include women of color. Leaving women of color a vague introduction of beauty leading to similar experiences like my mother and I. Although it is purposeful to help people discover themselves through beauty I realize that my mission is much deeper. I want to redefine what is deemed as beautiful in the beauty industry from the position that is more viable to make effective change. As a cosmetic chemist I intend on formulating skin care products that are clinically tested on all Fitzpatricks and make the knowledge of skin care more accessible to people of color. I’d like to demystify skincare from being a form of luxury and instead have it re-imagined as healthcare. Afterall, the skin is the largest human organ. I’ll make products that are affordable and seamlessly add to the quality of life of consumers. I am committed to paving the way for meaningful change, starting with initiatives like mentoring Chicago’s female inner-city youth to bridge the gap between the lack of women in STEM and people of color in cosmetic science. As I reflect on the journey that brought me to this point, I found a passion that sparked my own sense of purpose but also allowed me to reconnect with my mother in a profound way. I remain grateful to find opportunities like this scholarship because it makes it possible for me to pursue my degree and accomplish my career goals. I know there are others like me ready to reformulate the beauty industry and I look forward to seeing how that change unfolds. Together we can rewrite the beauty narrative and empower women of color.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 15, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 15, 2024.

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