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OPI Helps the Next Generation With $25,000 in Scholarships

Alongside building a global salon brand, OPI has been busy paying it forward this past decade with scholarships.

<p>Thanks to an OPI scholarship, Charise Hunt was able to realize her dream of doing nails as a full-time career.</p>

Alongside building a global salon brand, OPI has been busy paying it forward this past decade. To support the future of beauty technicians, the OPI PRO Development Sector has made two $500 scholarships available each month to worthy students attending preferred OPI Nail Technology or Cosmetology schools. Since 2004, two lucky winners have been chosen each month based on essays and personal recommendations. For students attending AACS member schools, nine $500 scholarships are available through Seventeen additional $500 scholarships are available through various OPI channels.

“I never expected to win the scholarship. It was a complete confidence booster,” says Charise Hunt, who attended the Grabber School of Design in St. Louis, Mo., after receiving an OPI scholarship last year. “I wasn’t able to work while in school, so the scholarship provided financial assistance while also solidifying my decision to change careers.” Hunt now works at two salons — her sister’s full-service salon, Essence of Beauty, as well as at Beauty Brands.

If you know anyone interested in launching a successful career in nails, they can find more information on scholarships at or at an OPI-preferred school.

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