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Georgia student gains a Legacy Scholarship

POSTED: August 3, 2014 1:00 a.m.
/For The Times

NGTC Blairsville cosmetology graduate Tina Rice receives a Legacy Scholarship from International Dermal Institute founder Jane Wurwand.

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Tina Rice, a cosmetology diploma graduate from North Georgia Technical College’s Blairsville campus, recently was awarded a Lisa White Spiering Legacy Scholarship from The International Dermal Institute.

The scholarship is granted to the most passionate, gifted newcomers to the world of professional skin care. The Legacy Scholarship Program was established in honor and memory of Lisa White Spiering, who was a highly inspirational and accomplished instructor at The International Dermal Institute.

A panel at the International Dermal Institute headquarters in Los Angeles, Calif., reviews all submissions and agrees on up to 10 recipients per IDI calendar term (three times a year). Each Legacy Scholarship has an estimated value of $1,600 for 100 hours of education. Rice is believed to be the first winner of this scholarship in Georgia.

“I was interested in the entire field of cosmetology,” Rice said. “But when I took Fundamentals of Skin Care at North Georgia Tech with Amelia Fischer, she ignited my passion for that particular area of care and service. She and Ms. (Barbara)Wheatley are amazing teachers.”

Rice submitted a scrapbook chronicling her journey into skin care and how her life intersected with IDI founder Jane Wurwand. She titled her scrapbook IDI and Me and included photos, journal entries and a timeline. Rice also handcarved a rubber stamp to decorate the journal pages.

“Tina always went the extra mile in her studies and helping other students,” NGTC cosmetology instructor Barbara Wheatley said. “Tina asked me about applying for the scholarship and I encouraged her to take part. Because of her willingness to take the time to enter the scholarship, she is a winner.”

Rice graduated from the NGTC Cosmetology program in May 2014 as an honor graduate and member of the National Technical Honor Society. A resident of Epworth, Rice is employed as a skin therapist at Lisa Mitchell Hair Design in Blue Ridge.

For more information, contact North Georgia Technical College at 706-754-7700.

For more information on the International Dermal Institute, visit


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