L’Oréal Australia Beauty For All Scholarships

L’Oréal Australia Beauty For All Scholarships

In 2018, L’Oréal Australia partnered with Kangan Institute to create the L’Oréal Beauty For All Scholarship program, to help people facing hardship pursue a rewarding career in the beauty industry. L’Oréal understands that for many Australians, personal circumstances can mean access to education or training can be a challenge or even out of reach. The Beauty For All program aims to engage with passionate individuals who have the motivation to start a career in the beauty industry, and make it a reality.

This year, L’Oréal Australia will award four scholarships, equating to $45,000 covering the recipient’s education expenses at Kangan Institute, one of the largest and most trusted education and training providers in Victoria. The students will have access to the latest industry training at its purpose-built Richmond campus that includes state-of-the-art facilities including a fully equipped hair and beauty training salon, runway facilities, a retail training centre, and a textile and manufacturing hub.

“This opportunity provided by L’Oréal Australia is simply fantastic because it provides options to talented individuals who otherwise may not have been able to participate in our training.” Katrina Jojkity, Manager of Creative Industries at Kangan Institute.

Three scholarship were awarded in March of 2018 and a fourth scholarship will become available for the July intake of Kangan Institute’s beauty training program. L’Oréal Australia recently visited Kangan Institute to meet our Beauty For All scholars.

Shahr Zeerak

“If I can do a fashion show in a war torn country...I can do anything!”

Shahr is an inspiring 24 year old with a true passion for beauty and fashion. Originally, from Afghanistan, Shahr moved to Australia in 2014 to escape the war. As a talented designer, before moving to Australia Shahr showcased her own designs in a rare fashion show in Kabul, Afghanistan. The fashion show aimed to empower women in the war-torn and highly conservative society.

Following her beauty studies, Shahr has big dreams to bring the fashion and beauty industry to Afghanistan once again and in doing so stand up for Afghan women. “In Afghanistan women are helpless. They want to go out and prove they have skills, but they never get the platform or opportunity.”

Esmeralda Rodriguez

“I am doing all of this for my kids. I honestly don’t know what I would do without them.”

This dedicated mother of three is excited to refocus on herself, after taking time away from the beauty industry to raise her children. Coming from a family of beauty therapists, Esmeralda recognises the larger social impact and benefit that beauty therapy can provide to its clients saying, “One thing I love most is to make people feel beautiful.”

Esmeralda will concentrate on her career so she can give back to the community and be a role model for her children “I need to do the best for them and do the best for myself. Lead by example.”

Amber Ghent

“I want to be the boss… I want people to say my boss is Amber.”

From a young age this beauty junkie loved to be creative. Throughout her childhood Amber practiced different beauty techniques on her friends, which she jokingly admits often ended badly. Amber says her biggest motivator is her Dad saying, “I know that he’s always there for me and he wants me to succeed.”

Aspiring to one day run her own business, Amber looks to gain experience in customer service, professionalism and knowledge of different techniques from her training.

Christine Burke, Communications Director at L’Oréal Australia commented: “We are thrilled to assist these three inspiring women to complete their diploma of beauty education. They have already proved their commitment, motivation and resilience before even starting their careers, which will give them a true competitive edge.”

This scholarship program is part of L’Oréal’s Sharing Beauty With All commitment to advance sustainable practices across all aspects of the business. By 2020, the L’Oréal Group will have enabled 100,000 people from underprivileged communities, equivalent to our global workforce, to access work.


About L’Oréal

L’Oréal Australia is part of the L’Oréal Group. L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 108 years. With its unique international portfolio of 34 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 26.02 billion euros in 2017 and employs 82,600 people worldwide. As the world’s leading Beauty Company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail and branded retail.

L’Oréal Australia has 28 brands available across all channels nationwide. The business employs over 900 people who work in all states and territories.

For further media information please contact:

Kiera Flynn
Corporate Communications Executive
L’Oréal Australia
Telephone: 0448 042 019
Email: [email protected]

Christine Burke
Communications Director
L’Oréal Australia
Telephone: 0411 142 622
Email: [email protected]