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New PCC scholarship will benefit Cosmetology students

Published Thursday, October 4, 2012
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In this photo...Members of the family of the late Rossie Jeffers Holloway and pictured with Tiffany Cash, second from left the first recipient of the Rossie Jeffers Holloway Scholarship at PCC. They are, from left: Felicia Holloway (daughter), Cash, Trina H. Russ (daughter), Daphne Holloway (daughter), Kirara Holloway (granddaughter) and her daughters, and Maggie Jeffers, Rossie’s mother. The announcement of the new scholarship fund was made during a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of PCC’s refurbished cosmetology classroom and labs. (PCC Photo)    



The recent grand opening of Piedmont Community College’s newly-renovated Cosmetology classrooms provided the perfect occasion for the announcement of a new scholarship to benefit those students. The family of Rossie Jeffers Holloway began the Rossie Jeffers Holloway Memorial Scholarship Fund as a tribute to the memory of Mrs. Holloway, who was a cosmetologist. Several generations of the Jeffers and Holloway families were on hand for the presentation of the first scholarship award to Tiffany Cash, a second-year PCC Cosmetology student who plans to graduate in May 2013.

Cash is an active member of her church and sings in two gospel groups. A wife and the mother of three boys, she says she is trying to set a good example for her children by letting them see that “if you put your mind to it and work hard for it, then you can do it.” She hopes to work in a salon after her graduation and eventually to own a salon.

Trina Holloway Russ, Mrs. Holloway’s daughter, said her mother, who trained as a cosmetologist following her graduation from high school, had a passion for hairdressing and the cosmetic arts. She left the profession for a while to raise her seven children, and later returned to the workforce in another field. After being diagnosed with a serious medical condition in 1983, Mrs. Holloway had a “renewed zeal for hairdressing and the cosmetic arts,” her family said. In the mid-80s, she opened Advance Hairstyling Beauty Salon and eventually New Dimension Hairstyling.

Family members said Mrs. Holloway “poured whatever energy she had into helping her children realize their professional and personal dreams” and that she also helped her siblings, other family members and friends.

The Holloway scholarship is open to “promising” PCC students “with a commitment to obtaining an associate’s degree in the cosmetic arts.” The award is also based on financial need and offers assistance in paying for tuition, books and supplies. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and must have a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA).

For more information on how to contribute to the Rossie Jeffers Holloway Memorial Scholarship Fund, contact Elizabeth Townsend, Executive Director of the PCC Foundation, at (336) 599-1181 or elizabth.townsend@piedmontcc.edu.