Our 2016 Full Summer Scholarship Winner is…..

Holly Devorick!  Holly will be attending our Boardman Campus for the Managing Cosmetology program.  Holly said that nothing will get in her way of completing this course. Quoting Holly, “There is nothing more rewarding then helping someone feel beautiful.  I am eager to learn and grow in this field.  Knowledge is power and the trends are forever changing making this an exciting and long lasting career.  It’s absolutely a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together, and this industry is definitely mine!”  Holly fell in love with the beauty industry at a very young age as she watched her mother transform herself each day for work.  She would watch her hands as she styled her hair, and try to mimic how she would apply her makeup.

This year it was especially hard deciding on the winner of the full scholarship; we had so many qualified applicants!  After speaking with several references for all the applicants, reviewing their applications and essays, it was a unanimous decision that Holly was the right choice for this scholarship!  We are excited for Holly to begin this next chapter in her life.  Congratulations Holly!

2016 scholarship winner Holly

Shark Tank Contest!

It’s was another Great Day at Raphael’s! Our students from the Boardman and Niles Campuses participated in a Shark Tank Contest! The students worked together in groups for about a month leading up to today’s “episode”. They worked on creating different products that would be useful in our industry. Some of the products that the students came up with would also be used in other industries as well as to the general public. They presented their products via Skype at both locations. The judges were Carly, Lisa, and Felicia from the corporate office.

There were six groups of participants. They presented their ideas with products that they built, and facts and figures on how much it would cost to produce, manufacture, and distribute. They had to convince the judges to invest in their ideas by pointing out why their products were useful, how many clients they had, how much profit they were making on their products, and why their product was the best choice.

Their ideas were manikins with Snap on Hair, an All Terrain rolling cart, a Clip ‘n Catch for trimming acrylic nails, A Cord Noc for cord management of blow dryers and other styling tools, Shear Scents for neutralizing odors and freshening the air in the salon, and a Hairapy Therapy hair conditioning system.

It was a lot of fun for the participants as well as the audience and judges! It was very hard to pick the winner, but we had to choose one. The winner was Hairapy Therapy!

The judges felt that it was a reasonable investment at $200K with a 30% stake in the company. They felt it was an extremely credible product with a good price point that would sell to a broad market. The product could be easily sold in bulk, would sell to return customers and impulse buyers. We think this product will sell millions!

We look forward to many more episodes of Raphael’s Shark Tank!

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2015 Summer Scholarship Winner Announced!

Our 2015 summer scholarship winner is Mary Cooper!  Mary will be attending our Brunswick Campus.  Mary has always had a sense of style and loves doing hair; she remembers being 4 years old and doing her mothers hair.  She wants to make people feel their best by making them look their best!  Mary knows first hand what it’s like in the cosmetology business.  Her mother is a cosmetologist, and Mary works at a salon as a receptionist.  The salon owner and fellow co-workers highly recommended Mary!  They said she has all the qualities it takes to become successful.  Mary is motivated, smart, trendy, friendly, confident, dependable, capable, and knows how to make customers feel welcome.  That is just some of the wonderful qualities that they wrote on their letters of recommendation.  We can’t wait to have Mary at our school and get to know her.  Congratulations to Mary Cooper!

Apply for a Scholarship

Scholarships can be a great source of funding for your education. They are generally sponsored by an organization that would like to help students with a common interest pay for school. For example, the Sally’s Beauty Supply sponsors a scholarship each year to help students who would like to attend a program in a branch of cosmetology. Scholarships are based on certain criteria; some are merit-based; meaning the organization that sponsors the scholarship will look at grades, talent, skills, etc. in order to determine who the scholarship is given to. Since there are many different scholarships funded by many different organizations, they could be looking at many different things. In order to be considered for scholarships, you must first apply. What each scholarship application requires can vary from award to award. Some will need basic information and for you to write an essay. Some may ask for a letter of recommendation or for you to make a video. It is important to read each application carefully to make sure you submit what it requires.

You can find scholarships to apply for by searching online, talking to community organizations, or for high school students, speaking with your guidance counselor. When searching for scholarships, it is important to make sure that the scholarship will apply to the program of your choice. For example, the Alice Madden Barton Scholarship will apply to any cosmetology or barber school. Though these scholarships are geared toward programs offered at Raphael’s, we are able to take others as well as long as the specific scholarship allows. Raphael’s is of course giving away a full scholarship to the program of your choice. Here are a few other scholarships we found to get you started!


Remember, you can’t win unless you apply, so get those applications sent in!

Do I Qualify for Financial Aid?


So you’re thinking about school but you’re not sure how to pay for it? Financial aid can be a big help, but sometimes it can be confusing. We’d love to help you figure it out and we hope this will help.

What is financial aid?

  • Financial aid helps students pay for school and other related expenses. It can come in different forms. Some forms are need-based, like grants and some loans.   Eligibility for these will be determined by financial standing. There are others that are merit-based, like some scholarships. That means those who receive them are chosen based on talent, grades, or other qualifiers.

What is the difference between grants and loans?

  • The difference between the two is that loans MUST be repaid while grants do not. At our school, many of our students receive a combination of Pell grants and Direct loans, which may be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans are loans that the government will pay for the growing interest until your grace period is over[i]. An unsubsidized loan will start to grow interest that you are responsible for from the first disbursement. Neither loan will enter repayment until after your grace period is up.

How do I know if I’m eligible for federal financial aid?

  • In order to see if you qualify for any federal financial aid, you must first fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This application will look at your (or your parents’) income from the previous year and family size. After it is completed, results will be sent to the school that you choose and they will be able to make up an award letter for you, so you know what kind of aid you can use to pay for school. Most people do qualify for financial aid!

How do I start paying back my loans?

  • When you take out a federal student loan, you will be assigned to a loan servicer. That is the company that you will actually make your monthly loan payments to. You will have six months after you leave school where payments will not be required. This is called your grace period. Though they aren’t required, payments are accepted while you are in school and during your grace period.
  • Different payment plans will be available to you while in repayment. Some will depend on the amount owed and others will be income-driven, meaning that the monthly amount due will be determined from the money you make. You will always start off on the standard repayment plan. If you are interested in a different repayment plan, you will need to contact your loan servicer for the next step.

What if financial aid isn’t enough?

  • If after you fill out the FAFSA, you find that there is not enough aid available to cover the cost of tuition, our school also offers monthly payment plans to make up the difference. This will allow you to start classes and pay off your balance a little at a time.

[i] For loans first disbursed after July 1, 2014 (https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized)

How To Become A Licensed, Managing Nail Technician

Have you ever thought about becoming a licensed, managing Nail Technician? Maybe you wondered how to get started? Or maybe you want to know what the requirements are to get into a beauty school? These are just some of the questions I hope to answer for you today.

“How Do I Become a Nail Technician?”
The first thing you’ll want to do is to contact one of our friendly admissions representatives. Just call the location you are interested in attending, and schedule a tour to come in and view the campus and meet some of our instructors and students.

This is a good time to see the students in action, and see if you think becoming a nail technician would be right for you! It is the best time to ask questions and get all the information you need to make a good decision about your future career.

“How Long Does It Take to Become a Nail Technician?”
Raphael’s Managing Nail Technician course is a total of 300 hours. This course can be completed in 8 to 12 weeks depending upon the schedule you choose.

“What Will I Learn As a Nail Technician?”
You will learn to do manicures, pedicures, gels and shellacs, and how to apply, repair, and remove artificial nails. You will also learn hand, arm, and leg massage, as well as sanitation rules, and salon operation and managing skills.

“Do I Need to be Certified to Become a Nail Technician?”
After you have completed your course, you will go to Columbus for the State Board test.  You must pass a practical and a written portion of the exam.   You will then be a Licensed Managing Nail Technician.

“What Are the School Requirements to Become a Licensed Nail Technician?”
The only requirements for starting classes at Raphael’s School of Beauty Culture, inc., are that you must be beyond the age of 16, and have a high school diploma, GED, or transcripts. So call today, classes start on the third Tuesday of every month.

The staff at Raphael’s School of Beauty Culture, Inc.  personally packs your kit, and goes over the materials and procedures necessary for State Board testing.  We want everyone to be successful in their new careers!

2014 Raphael’s Beauty Scholarship Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Tanya Hafner who was recently awarded a Scholarship to attend the Raphael’s School of Beauty. We look forward to seeing you soon Tanya!

Ralph Delserone, owner, with 2014 Scholarship Winner, Tanya Hafner.

2014 Scholarships Awarded


Congratulations to Tanya Hafner who was recently awarded a Scholarship to attend the Raphael’s School of Beauty.   We look forward to seeing you soon Tanya!

Ralph Delserone, owner, with 2014 Scholarship Winner, Tanya Hafner.