SCC now accepting applications for 2024 Madam C.J. Walker scholarship

SCC now accepting applications for 2024 Madam C.J. Walker scholarship

In a world where representation matters, initiatives like the Madam C.J. Walker scholarship strive to bridge the gap and empower BIPOC in the cosmetic chemistry field. Now in its fourth year, the scholarship pays homage to the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker, a pioneering figure in the cosmetics industry. 

We spoke to Erica O’Grady, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), to learn more about this scholarship’s origins, criteria, and aspirations, including its impact on the future of cosmetic chemistry. 

Background behind the scholarship

“Madam C.J. Walker was an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist,” O’Grady began, and “she is regarded as the first female self-made millionaire in America.” Having “made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of cosmetics and hair care products for black women through the business she founded, Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company,” she explained, the SCC, “thought it fitting to honor her legacy by naming our scholarship after her as she was a pioneer of the modern black haircare and cosmetics industry and set standards in the African American community for corporate and community giving.” 

The inspiration behind the scholarship’s creation was “borne out of examining our diversity and inclusion efforts, which could have an impact on the cosmetics and personal care industry,” O’Grady said. “Since our mission is focused on education,” she added, “we were looking for ways to support STEM education of underrepresented populations within our professional community.” 

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