Malia Racine: Great Clips Scholarship Recipient

by Courtney Weikel
Empire Beauty School Louisville Chenoweth Student Scholarship Recipient Great Clips

Congratulations to Malia Racine, Empire Beauty School Louisville Chenoweth student, for receiving the Great Clips $5,000 Scholarship! Racine began her Empire journey in November 2023 and will be graduating in the fall of 2024.

To apply for the Great Clips scholarship, Racine wrote an essay about what inspires and excites her about the beauty industry.

For me, this had to do with where my life was before I started school and how I was feeling, then compared it to how I feel now that I am in school. Before I was feeling dragged down, and now I have not stopped laughing. I am so grateful for all of the relationships with my friends and educators. They have all made an impact on my life in the few months that I have been here. I can’t fully put into words how much I appreciate it. I am very thankful for all of my educators at Empire Beauty School. 

Malia Racine, Empire Beauty School Louisville Chenoweth student, for receiving the Great Clips $5,000 Scholarship

Racine is dedicated, driven, and determined to have a successful career in the beauty industry. She is currently enrolled at Empire Beauty School, pursuing a Cosmetology License, and enrolled at Jefferson Community & Technical College, pursuing a Business Management degree. She believes this combination will allow her to thrive. 

I’m about halfway done with my Business Management degree. I started this degree before I decided to enroll in beauty school and I was considering dropping my Business Management degree. I decided not to do that because I love learning, I love knowledge, and I apply it to my career. I’m doing great. My GPA is extraordinary, considering I am doing two schools. I plan on opening my own business one day. I think both of my schooling will take me a lot farther than if I did not have a business background. In the marketing aspect of Cosmetology, business is key.

Empire Beauty School Louisville Chenoweth Educator, Gina Phelps, notes Racine’s positive attitude. 

Malia is an exceptional student. Everything we asked her to do, she did more. She always goes above and beyond our expectations. Every day, she came in with a smile on her face and was super excited about what we were learning. I am super proud of Malia. She will be amazing in this career.

Receiving any type of assistance towards schooling is life-changing. No matter how big or small, it allows you to put your education first. Racine describes how much this scholarship means to her. 

This scholarship is really helpful for me, it paid off the rest of my tuition for beauty school. Since I’m enrolled in another college, I can’t use any financial aid for beauty school. I’ve been having to pay out of pocket or use the money I had saved. The scholarship put me farther ahead than I thought I would be.

At Empire Beauty School, we offer a variety of learning styles. You will gain hands-on, real experience while being a student. You have the opportunity to practice your skills during fashion shows, competitions, live models, and more. We work with you to reach your full potential. 

My favorite part about being a student is all of the friendships that I made. I feel like Empire is such a great choice for a beauty school. You learn so many things from each educator. Every person has a different way of doing something. If one educator has a way of doing something that does not work for you, another educator might show you a way that works. Some people I know went to other beauty schools and don’t receive the same level of education that we get at Empire. It’s a different way than learning solely by the book. I learned the majority of what I needed in pre-salon with Ms. Gina. She would incorporate other educators in her lessons so we would learn different ways to do something. 

Malia Racine, Empire Beauty School Louisville Chenoweth student, for receiving the Great Clips $5,000 Scholarship

Many of our students mention that before enrolling at Empire, they were working in a career that wasn’t fit for them. Once you make the switch into the career you truly love, supported by our Empire Team, you will wish you started sooner. Racine shares her advice for those interested in the beauty industry.

Before I started beauty school, I worked at a job I didn’t like. I was unsure of what I wanted to do. One day I woke up and decided to go for it. It was the best decision I ever made.  Cosmetology is something that has always been interesting to me and it’s not something I ever really planned on doing. There are so many different avenues you can take with this industry and this career. I feel like I am going in the right direction. Go for it. No hesitations.

Congratulations Malia Racine on receiving the Great Clips Scholarship! The hard work of our students never goes unnoticed. We are proud of you! 

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May 2, 2024

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