Scholarship for Incoming Cosmetology, Esthetics Students Focuses on Giving Back to Community

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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Students entering Raritan Valley Community College’s Cosmetology or Esthetics programs may apply for a new $1000 scholarship supported by Color it Forward Inc., a New Jersey not-for-profit organization.

“We are looking for candidates who have an interest in using their craft to give back” to the community, said Michelle Gill, cosmetologist and owner of Social the Salon in Whitehouse Station. Gill founded the non-profit in 2015 to help women in transitional situations gain confidence by providing free salon services. “We provide haircuts, color, waxing services, and whatever else the client needs to confidently re-enter the workforce and gain back her economic independence,” said Gill. “Reaching out through Beauty” is at the core of the organization’s mission, she added.

“It is an honor that the RVCC Beauty Professions program was selected to receive this scholarship. Color It Forward is a wonderful organization, and it aligns with the domestic violence awareness training that RVCC students receive through the CUT IT OUT program. Women coming out of a domestic violence situation need the support to transition back into the community and beyond,” said Marcia Bird, Program Director, RVCC Beauty Professions.

Those interested in applying for the Pay It Forward scholarship should complete an online application at Applicants must be a resident of Somerset or Hunterdon County. Those applying for the scholarship also must write a one-page essay indicating how they will use the skills learned in RVCC’s Cosmetology/Esthetics program to serve their communities throughout their career.

For additional information about the Pay It Forward scholarship at RVCC, visit For information about RVCC’s Cosmetology and Esthetics programs, visit or

The RVCC Foundation is the fundraising arm of Raritan Valley Community College. It provides the resources that enable the College to enhance its programs beyond public and tuition sources and to maintain its standing as a premier academic institution and one of the most important sources of culture and continuing education in Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

For more information about the RVCC Foundation, contact Mike Marion, 908-648-8567 or

Ranked by and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for over 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, and professional development courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit



September 23, 2020

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