Haywood Community College cosmetology student Amanda Penland received a Great Scholarship from Great Clips, Inc. in memory of Alice Madden Barton. This national scholarship aims to promote careers in cosmetology by providing tuition assistance or tools to build the cosmetologist’s kit. Applicants were evaluated and winners selected by local franchisees.

Penland will earn her degree in December 2017 and would like to work in art makeup, especially for the show “The Walking Dead.” Currently, she works with a cosmetologist traveling to venues to do up-dos and makeup for weddings.

Penland came to HCC because of the reputation the school has in the field of cosmetology. She says the hands-on experience in a simulated salon on campus allows her to put what she learns in the classroom to work. “Everything started to click when I started working in the salon hands-on. The teachers at HCC do a great job. It’s because of them that I stuck with the program.”

Penland enjoys hula-hooping and fire-spinning.

For more information about HCC’s Cosmetology program, please call 828-565-4268 or visit haywood.edu.

Donated photo. Haywood Community College cosmetology student Amanda Penland received a Great Scholarship from Great Clips, Inc. in memory of Alice Madden Barton. Penland is pictured left receiving the check with Great Clips representative Nancy Austin.