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June 2018

ASUN cosmetology student awarded scholarship from Great Clips

An Arkansas State University-Newport cosmetology student was selected as the winner of a Great Clips scholarship. Alysen Swafford, from Steele, Mo., was recently recognized at ASUN-Marked Tree with the Great Scholarship. 

Kristy Beliew, the franchisee of Jonesboro's Great Clips' salon, presented Swafford with the scholarship this month. Swafford received a certificate along with a variety of professional products valued at $500. Many of these products are necessary for starting a career in cosmetology and allows Swafford to be prepared to serve her future clients. 

Kristy Beliew presented Alysen Swafford with a certificate along with other professional products.
Kristy Beliew presented Alysen Swafford with a certificate along with other professional products.

Beliew said this is just one way Great Clips connects with cosmetology students to provide an opportunity for them to continue learning and be successful following graduation. 

“This is one of my favorite things about my job," Beliew said. “I love to be able to recognize and award a cosmetology student for their outstanding effort and hard work and reward them with a scholarship that can truly help them get started in their career.”

Alysen Swafford pictured with her certificate and other products awarded to her from Great Clips.
Alysen Swafford pictured with her certificate and other products awarded to her from Great Clips.

The application process for the Great Scholarship included cosmetology students submitting responses to questions related to their strengths, attributes, and career goals in the cosmetology industry. 

The Great Scholarship program awards $100,000 each year to cosmetology students throughout North America with individual awards ranging from $500 to $1,500. Great Clips has more than 4,000 salons throughout the United States and Canada, making it the world’s largest salon brand. Great Clips franchisees employ nearly 40,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips customer service system and advanced technical skills.