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Keevy Student Receives National Cosmetology Scholarship

SandlinA cosmetology student from the Somerset Community College Laurel Campus has been awarded the 2015 Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship, a $1,200 award that is designated toward tuition expenses. Anna Sandlin, of Keevy, is a 2015 graduate of South Laurel High School. She received the scholarship in September.

Sandlin is originally from California, although she has called Kentucky home for nearly 15 years. She decided she wanted to study cosmetology when she was in high school.

I never knew what I wanted to do, Sandlin said. I knew I wanted to do something that would make people feel good about themselves. I started talking to my mom about how I enjoy doing my own hair and makeup and it evolved from there.
Sandlin, 18, said she knew she needed a scholarship to afford college.

My parents work so hard, Sandlin said. But I knew college wasn't an option if I didn't have help paying for it. I signed up for every scholarship I was eligible for and this is the one I received. Its a huge blessing to know that my tuition is pretty much covered.

The Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship Foundation memorializes the life and achievements of Joe Francis, founder of The Barbers Corporation and the franchise systems: Cost Cutters, City Looks Salons, and We Care Hair, now Regis Corporation subsidiaries, according to the foundations website.

The Scholarship Foundation was Joes dream. We have helped educate 274 talented hairstylists and we look forward to continuing our support of careers in the industry, explained Florence Francis, widow of Joe Francis, Chairwoman and Co-Founder of the Foundation.

I was extremely surprised, said Sandlin of receiving the scholarship. Sandlin said she has been thrilled with her choice to attend SCC.

I knew the cosmetology program was really good here, said Sandlin. I really enjoy the hands-on learning we do here. If I need help, my instructors are right there to show me. Im really glad I came to SCC.

Sandlin is the first in her family to attend college. She hopes that her experience at SCC will be a catalyst for her younger sister.

Im trying to show her that there's more after high school, said Sandlin. I tell her, there are a lot of opportunities, you can learn something; go and try to get an education.

Sandlin is the daughter of Cathy and Patrick Sandlin. Eventually, she hopes to return to California and focus on a career in hair and make-up there.

To find out more about the SCC Cosmetology program, contact Kay Swanner, program coordinator, at (606) 878-4807 or