She Drove 150 Miles a Day to Beauty School and Realized Her Dream
She Drove 150 Miles a Day to Beauty School and Realized Her Dream


The generosity of the Miller Family Foundation is funding professional possibilities for both aspiring and future beauty and wellness professionals. Beauty Changes Lives is honored to announce the winners of the Summer 2019 Miller Family Foundation Scholarships – part of a $1M commitment by the Miller Family Foundation to support the future of the industry.  The Summer 2019 winner of the Art of Haircutting Scholarship is Erica Hadaric.

As her 40th birthday approached Hadaric (@ericanoellh) of Key West, FL, Paul Mitchell the School – Miami thought about how to cultivate her life and realized she wanted to bring back a family business. “My parents met in beauty school, so I literally wouldn’t be here if it were not for beauty,” she says. She’d seen her immigrant grandmother live the American Dream, eventually launching a family business that became the go-to “it” salon. “I can’t wait to bring back Million Dollar Cut Salon and honor my grandmother’s legacy,” says Hadaric. After defining her dream, there was another problem – access to a beauty school. But Erica didn’t let that stand in the way. She makes a 150-mile commute to attend Paul Mitchell the School-Miami.

Two-and-a-half years into the multi-year, $1M commitment, the Miller Family Foundation scholarships are transforming lives and the mission of Beauty Changes Lives. “From establishing thriving businesses that in turn change the lives to others to shining in the pages of national beauty magazines, the Miller Family Foundation scholarship recipients are shining examples that beauty really does change lives,” says Lynelle Lynch, president of Beauty Changes Lives.

Ten Miller Family Foundation Scholarships are awarded annually. More information is available at

About the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation: With a mission to elevate, educate and empower, Beauty Changes Lives is uniting the industry and building awareness of the extraordinary career opportunities in the beauty, wellness and massage therapy industries. Learn more at 

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Originally posted on Modern Salon