REDDING, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jessica Wylie, 18, the first-place winner of the second annual Marinello Raw Talent High School Scholarship contest, wants to use her $10,000 scholarship to help abused women feel “loved, important and beautiful.” Her remarkable story has since been published in Redding’s own Record Searchlight.

“I have been living with and mentoring girls who have been abused or victimized in some way throughout their entire lives,” Wylie wrote in her winning essay titled Beauty from Ashes. “One of the many ways they have inspired me is by giving me the dream to help their outer beauty match their inner beauty.”

Wylie, who recently started classes at the Marinello Schools of Beauty’s Redding, Calif. campus, wrote in her essay of her desire to start a program on campus where abused women could get their hair, make-up and nails done by Marinello students for free. In addition to helping the women feel better about themselves, Wylie hopes that such a program would allow her fellow students to “leave with a sense of fulfillment such as I have experienced just by being around the girls I have mentored.”

“Jessica Wylie is the kind of student we want the Marinello Raw Talent Scholarship program to benefit,” says Dr. Rashed Elyas, CEO of Marinello Schools of Beauty. “Her personal ambition goes beyond herself to consider the impact her work can have on other people. Marinello Schools of Beauty is proud to have her as a student.”

“It is my time to give back and make a difference in the lives of others,” Wylie wrote.

The exclusive Raw Talent High School Scholarship program allows students to express their desires for a rewarding career in the Beauty Industry, offering $30,000 between five fortunate seniors each year. Scholarship candidates were required to submit an essay describing how they plan to make a difference as a professional in the Beauty Industry. Upon review, selected finalists from each category of Cosmetology and Esthetics are then challenged to showcase their creativity and talent for the skills portion of the competition. In addition to the $10,000 scholarship awarded Wylie, Marinello Schools of Beauty handed out four scholarships of $5,000 each.

About Marinello Schools of Beauty:

One of the premier beauty schools on the West Coast, Marinello Schools of Beauty ( has defined beauty education since 1905. Offering a variety of Cosmetology and Esthetician programs at over 40 convenient campus locations, Marinello Schools of Beauty employs a “hands-on” approach to instruction that gives students the real-world skills they need to succeed. While in school, supervised Marinello students provide the public with affordable spa and salon services at each campus location.

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