The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) is now accepting applications for the Madam C.J. Walker Scholarship. The application deadline is May 1, 2022. Two awardees will receive $5,000 scholarships and be notified on or about August 1, 2022.
About the Madam C.J. Walker Scholarship
First awarded in 2021, and funded by the generous support of Mary Kay Inc., the scholarship supports under-represented minority students of any gender identity pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in chemical, physical, medical, pharmaceutical, biological, or related sciences and technology, relative to the cosmetics and personal care industry.
In addition to the $5,000 scholarships, each awardee will receive a travel voucher, accommodations, student poster, and registration to attend the SCC 76th Annual Scientific Meeting & Showcase, December 12-14, 2022, in Los Angeles, CA, where they will be presented with a ceremonial scholarship check at the Awards Breakfast. Last year, the awardees had the pleasure of meeting Madam Walker’s great-great granddaughter and biographer, A’Lelia Bundles, at the breakfast.
About Madam C.J. Walker
Madam C. J. Walker (born Sarah Breedlove; 1867-1919) was an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She is regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America. Walker made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of cosmetics and hair care products for black women through the business she founded, Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company. At the time of her death, she had helped create the role of the 20th Century, self-made American businesswoman; established herself as a pioneer of the modern black hair-care and cosmetics industry; and set standards in the African-American community for corporate and community giving. Learn more at madamcjwalker.com/about.
“The SCC is grateful for the ongoing, generous support of our scholarship sponsor, Mary Kay Inc., as we pursue our efforts to support diversity and inclusion for under-represented populations in the cosmetics and personal care industry,” said Erica O’Grady, CAE, CEO of the Society. “We are thrilled to continue this important scholarship program and honor the legacy of the legendary Madam CJ Walker.”
About Mary Kay Inc.
One of the original glass ceiling breakers, Mary Kay Ash founded her beauty company nearly 60 years ago with three goals: develop rewarding opportunities for women, offer irresistible products, and make the world a better place. That dream has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar company with millions of independent sales force members in nearly 40 countries. Mary Kay is dedicated to investing in the science behind beauty and manufacturing cutting-edge skin care, color cosmetics, nutritional supplements and fragrances. Mary Kay is committed to empowering women and their families by partnering with organizations from around the world, focusing on supporting cancer research, protecting survivors from domestic abuse, beautifying our communities, and encouraging children to follow their dreams. Mary Kay Ash’s original vision continues to shine—one lipstick at a time. Learn more at MaryKay.com.