2 December 2023

Fellowship Sassoon Scholarship Winner is Announced

James Kendell from Collective Studios who has been announced as the winner this year’s Fellowship Sassoon Scholarship. Joanna Jones from Empress Hair Studio is the Runner-up.

Sassoon offers arguably the best training in the world but it’s not always within reach of every eager young hairdresser. The winner of the Fellowship Sassoon Scholarship provides the opportunity to choose Sassoon Courses.

Fellowship Sassoon Scholarship
James Kendell

The winner can claim towards travel and if required, accommodation costs whilst on the courses, courtesy of Mutu, who are proud to be supporting this year’s Fellowship Sassoon Scholarship. Plus, PR profile through the Fellowship platform.

James and Joanna had already been Fellowship Members. They had applied for the Sassoon Scholarship by detailing their career achievements to date. They had also stated why they deserved to win this amazing opportunity.

Amazing Talent

Thirteen candidates, including James and Joanna, took part in interviews in front of a judging panel. This consisted of the Fellowship’s Chancellor, Karoliina Saunders, and Riess Hatcher, Assistant Colour Director from Sassoon, Sam Jones, Consultant from Mutu. & Matthew Batham, Editor Concept Hair. With such amazing talent, the judges had their work cut out choosing the winner and runner-up.

Commenting on his win James Kendell, said: “Winning this Scholarship is a life changing achievement for me. Influencers in my hairdressing journey were previous mentors who did their training at Sassoon. I have always striven to attend the Sassoon Academy for their renowned education. Due to having a young family this unfortunately has not been possible. The financial support offered from winning the scholarship is now making this possible for me to learn from some of the industry’s best! I am extremely excited to further my skills whilst having the support to navigate and further my career. Personally, I am extremely grateful to be awarded the Sassoon scholarship. This recognition of my talent and dedication within the hair industry is a huge honour and reiterates that I am deserving.”


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