How You Can Earn Up to $4,250 in Scholarships Toward Cosmetology School

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… or in the hands of the beautician.

Either way, it takes some skills and schooling to get there.

To help students achieve their blush-colored dreams, Beauty Changes Lives — in conjunction with beauty-inspired sponsors — has four beauty-related scholarships available right now.

What to Know About Beauty Changes Lives Scholarships

You can apply for only one of the scholarships listed, so choose wisely.

All applicants must fill out a general application, complete with a headshot and proof of enrollment or current licensure.

After filling out the general application, applicants are required to fill out a second application for the specific scholarship they choose.

The deadline to apply for all of them is Sept. 15, 2018.

CND Master Nail Scholarship: $1,000

This scholarship is for licensed nail professionals pursuing advanced or continuing education in the nail industry.

A total of 15 recipients will receive $1,000 toward tuition, open stock product and/or travel for advanced nail education.

Applicants can submit an inspiration board, essay or three-minute video answering the question: “Why is beauty your passion, and how will your career in beauty fulfill your purpose?”

Examples and submission details are available on the CND Master Nail scholarship page.

European Wax Center “Unapologetic You” Scholarship: $4,250

This “Unapologetic You” scholarship is available to students currently in an accredited esthetics or cosmetology licensure program in the continental United States or Hawaii.

Students need to have 50% of their required courses completed to apply.

Applicants must submit a video answering as least one of the following questions:

  1. How do you describe your own style of unapologetic confidence?
  2. Please describe how you used your unapologetic confidence to accomplish a goal in your life or career.
  3. As you advance in your studies and career, how will you help champion confidence in others?

Videos must be a minimum of one minute long and have a YouTube link included with the submission.

MUD Make-up Scholarship: $2,500

The Make-up Designory (MUD) funds five $2,500 scholarships twice a year.

Any student in an accredited cosmetology and/or esthetics school that uses MUD makeup in their program can apply to this scholarship.

Once the general application is filled out, the second application phase includes submitting a video or storyboard with accompanying essay that answers the question:

“Why is beauty your passion, and how will your career in beauty fulfill your purpose?”

Additional questions and requirements can be found on the MUD Make-up scholarship page.

Ratner Companies Passion and Purpose Cosmetology Scholarship: $3,125

Are you currently enrolled in an accredited beauty school or cosmetology program with less than 50% of the program complete?

If so, then this scholarship might be the one for you.

Ratner Companies, owner of five salon brands with nearly 1,000 salons, is sponsoring this passion- and purpose-themed scholarship.

Applicants have to submit a three-minute YouTube video that answers the question: “Why is beauty your passion, and how will your career in beauty fulfill your purpose?”

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She believes that everyone is beautiful even on their ugliest days.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

Swagbucks is More Than Surveys: 4 New Ways to Earn Money

Still think the only way to earn gift cards on Swagbucks is by taking surveys, watching videos and searching online? Think again.

Swagbucks is adding new ways to earn rewards all the time. In just 20 minutes a day, I earn $100 or more per month in Swagbucks rewards. To boost your bonus earnings, check out these top ways we’ve found to increase your rewards in less time.

New to Swagbucks? Check out our complete beginner’s guide.

Play Swag IQ

Swagbucks’ new trivia game, Swag IQ, lets you earn rewards for your trivia prowess.

A live trivia game every weekday allows you to win Swagbucks (SBs) for correct answers. Get all ten questions right (or buy back in with SBs when you get one wrong) and receive your share of the daily cash price. The bonus pot is typically worth over $1,100, but the prize is split between all winners.

Even if you get a question wrong, be sure to stick around! You earn SBs for each correct answer. But you do have to be signed in for the entire game for those rewards to hit your account.

Get Bonus SBs for Completing a Swago Board

Swago is Swagbucks’ digital bingo game to earn bonus rewards. These contests are weeklong challenges to complete different simple tasks within the Swagbucks platform to create specific designs on your Swago board. The more difficult the design, the more SBs you can earn.

Claim tiles by earning SBs through using the Swagbucks search engine, attempting surveys, clicking through to partner sites and activating your SwagButton browser extension. The columns with the easiest tiles on the board typically take just a minute or two, and can earn you 10 SBs. But fill up the whole board and you’ll snag 500 SBs.

Beware, however, that completing the whole board always includes buying a gift card from Swagbucks partner site, MyGiftCardsPlus. Only buy gift cards you need. Don’t create unnecessary spending to earn rewards.

Take Advantage of Swag Local Rewards

You don’t need to be online to earn Swagbucks rewards. Swagbucks is partnered with thousands of local businesses to offer SB rewards on your purchases.

Connect a credit or debit card to Swagbucks so they can see your transactions. (Don’t worry: They don’t have access to make changes to your account, and they are fully secure.) Then shop at your usual local restaurants and businesses. Rewards will be automatically applied to your account.

This is one of my favorite ways to earn SBs, since I get rewards for things I’m already doing. My family’s favorite local barbecue and Chinese food restaurants are partnered with Swag Local. After linking our card, I get rewards every time we order takeout.

If you’re looking to cool off this summer, Baskin-Robbins is offering 15 SBs per dollar spent – the equivalent of 15% rewards. Keep an eye out on your account balance; it can take two to three weeks for your account to be credited.

Complete Your Daily To-Do List

Ever sign into Swagbucks and wonder what to do first? There are so many ways to earn SBs now, with more being added all the time. To help you focus your efforts, Swagbucks has rolled out a daily to-do list.

With eight items on the list, you earn a bonus for completing your daily activities in addition to your rewards from each task.

I like to do the Daily Watch on my phone. That way, I can run the movie trailers while I tackle the other items on the list. The Daily Poll, Daily Search and Deal of the Day just require a quick click, but completing a survey can take a few minutes.

Finishing your daily to-do list has a double benefit.

Checking off all eight items, including completing a gold survey, usually earns you enough SBs to surpass your daily earnings goal. That gets you another few bonus SBs. And who doesn’t like free money?

Chelsea Brennan is a personal finance writer focused on helping families make their money work for them. She is the founder of the blog Mama Fish Saves, and her work has been featured on Forbes, Business Insider, GoBankingRates and more.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

Feeling Lucky? This Single Dad Won $5K Playing Games on His Phone

When he got a phone call saying he’d won $5,000, Oneil Campbell immediately assumed it was a scam.

“At first, I was going to do what I usually do — hang up the phone,” Campbell says. “You always get these calls saying, ‘Oh, you’ve won a $5 million lotto, but you’ve got to send us a check for $1,000 first.’”

But he stayed on the phone just long enough to hear the caller mention an important word: “Lucktastic.”

Campbell stayed on the line. He frequently plays Lucktastic, a free app that generates virtual scratch-off tickets with real prizes. You can also play games and enter contests on the app.

Campbell had entered a Monopoly Boardwalk contest on the app — the $5,000 he won was no scam, after all.

The Lucktastic representative who called Campbell about his prize suggested that, to satisfy his doubts, Campbell could go to the Lucktastic app and contact customer support to find out if this was for real or not.

It was for real. Five grand in prize money.

“I didn’t see that one coming,” Campbell says with a laugh. “I really didn’t.”

But it was a welcome surprise.

“This is something good that happened to me at the right time — when I can really use it.”

A Home for His Daughter

A father and his young daughter look at plants in the yard of a house.
Campbell and his daughter Annika explore a butterfly garden on a property that he is buying with the help of $5,000 he won playing Lucktastic. Katherine Taylor for The Penny Hoarder

A 42-year-old native of Jamaica who now lives in Boston, Campbell knows exactly how he’ll spend his Lucktastic winnings.

It’s a big chunk of the down payment he’s going to use to buy a home for himself and his beloved 5-year-old daughter, Annika. He’s not sure yet how much he’ll need, but $5,000 will help him get there.

Campbell works in maintenance for a property management company. He spends his workdays fixing things that break in apartment buildings. He’s been trying to save money to buy a home, but it’s tough in the super-expensive Boston real estate market.

“Right now, I’m basically renting a room in a home,” he said. “I’m a single dad, and I have my daughter with me most of the time. She’s getting older. She needs more room — and I need more room.”

He’s looking at homes in the city of Worcester (which Bostonians pronounce “Wooster”), an hour’s commute from his job. “I can’t come up with $600,000 to buy a house in Boston,” he explained.

‘I Could Play It When I Was Relaxing on My Break’

A man plays a game on his mobile phone.
Campbell plays Lucktastic, a free app that generates virtual scratch-off tickets with real prizes, on his mobile phone. Katherine Taylor for The Penny Hoarder

Campbell first got into Lucktastic in early 2018. He had always liked entering contests and sweepstakes.

“I used to do that religiously,” he said. “But when life gets busy, you don’t have a lot of time to do these things.”

Lucktastic was easier. “I liked the fact that it was on my phone. I could play it when I was relaxing on my break, or whatever.”

The app offers free digital scratch-off cards. You scratch off the cards by holding your finger to the screen and swiping back and forth. Plus, there are a variety of contests, which are basically raffles where you’re entered to win a prize.

Lucktastic says you can win up to $10,000. It boasts 1 million winners who have taken home a collective $3 million to date.

Feeling Lucky?

A father holds his young daughter.
Campbell and his daughter in the backyard of the house he is buying in Worcester, Mass. His unexpected $5,000 win from Lucktastic is a huge step toward getting himself and his daughter out of his single rented room in Boston. Katherine Taylor for The Penny Hoarder

Of course, with anything that has to do with luck, remain realistic about the odds.

“For the instant win scratch-cards, the odds of winning depend upon the number of people playing the cards,” Lucktastic answers in its FAQ section. “For contests, the odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received.”

At the Better Business Bureau, the app gets some negative customer reviews from folks who complain about not making money. However, the company that operates Lucktastic, Jump Ramp Games, boasts an A rating from the BBB.

Several of us here at The Penny Hoarder have played Lucktastic and have walked away with $1 and some tokens, which you can use to enter contests.

Bottom line: You never know whether you’re going to get lucky.

As for Campbell, his unexpected $5,000 win is a huge step toward getting himself and his daughter out of his single rented room and into that house in Worcester.

“I’m working very hard to see if I can get a house so my little girl can have her own space,” he says.

Oh yeah, and he still plays Lucktastic.

“You know I’m hooked on this [app] now, right?” he says with another laugh. “I’m constantly on the [app].

His reason is simple: “Everyone likes to win free stuff. It could happen for you, too.”

Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He’s lucky.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.