Melissa Eleanor Ernest Scholarship

This scholarship was established by family and friends in honor of Melissa Eleanor Ernest who was anticipating a promising career as an Esthetician upon graduation from Douglas J. Aveda Institute before her tragic death.


Eligibility Requirements:

·       Resident of Jackson County, Michigan

·       Adult returning learner, graduating high school senior, or student already enrolled in an accredited institution of cosmetology

·       Enrolled / plans to enroll full- or part-time to study cosmetology, esthiology, and/or nail technician.

·       Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

·       Demonstrates financial need

·       Must attend an accredited institution of cosmetology in the United States


Scholarship Amount: $1,500.00


Scholarship Uses: Tuition, books, fees, or other academic-related costs

Deadline:  5 PM on Friday, June 10, 2022

Application Instructions:  In addition to completing the questions/essays, please be prepared to upload the following:

  • Transcript that includes grades from Fall 2021; GED Certificate of Completion; or High School Equivalency (HSE) documentation 

  • One Letter of Recommendation

  • Proof of completing the FAFSA that shows Expected Family Contribution (EFC)