Professional Beauty Association Awards Student Scholarships

Professional Beauty Association (PBA) Lifetime Member ScholarshipThe Professional Beauty Association (PBA), which is a membership organization that advances the professional beauty industry by providing education and charitable outreach, recently announced the five recipients of its Lifetime Member Scholarship. The annual scholarship started in 2014 and celebrates an individual’s commitment to PBA and the beauty industry. These 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. The following five recipients will each receive $1,000 to be applied toward cosmetology school fees, advanced education, and other expenses.

  • Laura Jones (MN)
  • Catherine Lopez (OH)
  • Natalia Pryannik (CA)
  • Heather Tonarelli (CA)
  • Kylie Youmans (CO)

The PBA Lifetime Member Scholarship is made available because of the Joseph L. Weir Trust, which was established in 1984 by the estate of Joseph Weir for charitable and education purposes. Weir’s beauty industry involvement included serving on the board of directors of the National Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association in 1954, as well as leading the board as president for three terms and receiving honorary lifetime membership in 1974. He also led in the development of the cosmetology school accrediting system, which is still in use today. “The Professional Beauty Association’s mission to advance the beauty industry focuses on aspiring and licensed professionals,” says PBA executive director Steve Sleeper. “We respect the amount of time, energy, and effort these individuals dedicate to acquire their licenses and sustain their careers. These scholarships are not only a token of our association’s appreciation but also a recognition from our Lifetime Members.”

Applications for the 2017 Lifetime Membership Scholarship are now being accepted until March 1, 2017. To qualify, applicants must be a current PBA member. Visit to learn more about how to apply.