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Awardees & Finalists Announced for 2023 SCC Madam C.J. Walker Scholarship

New York, NY — The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) is pleased to announce the 2023 Awardees and Finalists for the SCC Madam C.J. Walker Scholarship, generously sponsored by Mary Kay.

The Scholarship Selection Committee has selected the following Awardees, each of whom shall receive a $5,000 scholarship:


Precious Ulel
University of California Irvine
(Undergraduate student majoring in Pharmaceutical Science)


Xylia Ajose
University of Cincinnati
(Graduate student majoring in Cosmetic Science)

The following Finalists were also recognized by the Committee this year for their outstanding achievements:


Jada Alcantara
University of Toledo
(Undergraduate student majoring in Cosmetic Science & Formulation Design)


Destiny Durante
University of Illinois Chicago
(Graduate student majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences)

All Awardees and Finalists receive a financial support package to attend the SCC’s 77th Annual Scientific Meeting & Showcase in New York, where they will be recognized on-stage during the Annual Awards Breakfast on December 13, 2023. Additionally, each will have the opportunity to present their research via poster in the Showcase throughout the event.
“Year after year, the scholarship program continues to grow and attract outstanding applicants,” said Erica L. O’Grady, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the Society. “The Awardees and Finalists demonstrated impressive accomplishments and embodiment of the spirit and legacy of Madam C.J. Walker. We are pleased to reward and recognize the achievements of this impressive group of young scientists and look forward to their future contributions to the industry.”

About the Scholarship
Established in 2021, the Madam C.J. Walker Scholarship, sponsored by Mary Kay, awards two (2) $5,000 scholarships to specific under-represented minority students of any gender identity pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in chemical, physical, medical, pharmaceutical, biological, or related sciences and technology with an interest in pursuing a career in the cosmetics and personal care industry. Visit for more information.

About SCC
Founded in 1945, the SCC is the oldest and largest non-profit membership organization serving the cosmetics and personal care industry. Dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic science, SCC headquarters provides unparalleled education, resources, and networking for more than 5,000 members globally and via 19 chapters across Greater North America. Visit for more information.

About Mary Kay Inc.
One of the original glass ceiling breakers, Mary Kay Ash founded her dream beauty company in 1963 with one goal: enriching women’s lives. That dream has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar company with millions of independent sales force members in nearly 40 countries. As an entrepreneurship development company, Mary Kay is committed to empowering women on their journey to economic independence through education, mentorship, advocacy, networking, and innovation. Mary Kay is dedicated to investing in the science behind beauty and manufacturing cutting-edge skincare, color cosmetics, nutritional supplements, and fragrances. Mary Kay believes in enriching lives today for a sustainable tomorrow, partnering with organizations from around the world focusing on promoting business excellence, supporting cancer research, advancing gender equality, protecting survivors from domestic abuse, beautifying our communities, and encouraging children to follow their dreams. Learn more at, find us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter.

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