Posted on August 06 2020
The team at Wigs.com works very closely with clients who have alopecia, cancer, trichotillomania, auto immune disorders and diseases that cause partial or complete loss of hair. Our clients and their hair loss journeys inspire us every day and are the reason why we are so passionate about creating a community of support and education about wigs, hair care, and hair loss.
Wigs.com Hair Loss Scholarship
One of the ways we are living out this mission is by creating a $1,000 scholarship award specifically for incoming and current college students who have experienced any form of hair loss. Created in 2019, we've received dozens of incredible applications with deeply insightful words about hair loss and the ways it has influenced these applicants' lives and aspirations. We want to highlight our Wigs.com Hair Loss Scholarship recipients with our community to provide insight and inspiration to those afflicted by these conditions and know that there is hope for the future.
2020 Wigs.com Hair Loss Scholarship Recipient: Angelina Manasan
Angelina attends Creighton University and is pursuing a major in Spanish and Hispanic Studies and Theology. Angelina has been diagnosed with Primary Membranous Nephropathy, which has resulted in hair loss. One of the ways that her autoimmune disease has influenced her life and aspirations is by becoming an advocate and aid for pediatric patients afflicted by similar illnesses.
When asked what this scholarship means to her, Angelina said, [This] generous scholarship is meaningful because it will help bring down the cost of my tuition, living expenses, and text books. More than that, this scholarship is meaningful to me because it allows me the opportunity to share my story which turns out to be one of inclusivity. Including my story among the many you have received means that another patient going through my specific journey can see that while hair is important to our self-identification, it's not the most important thing. Finding self-worth, without meeting external beauty standards, is a story we can all relate to regardless of what we are "missing". True beauty is living in the acceptance and truth of who we are. It is our freedom.”
Wigs.com is honored to award Angelina this scholarship this year, and we wish her luck for the upcoming school year!
2019 Wigs.com Hair Loss Scholarship Recipient: Alexis Seith
Alexis was the 2019 Hair Loss Scholarship Recipient. Alexis attends the Georgia Institute of Technology is pursuing a major in Neuroscience. Alexis has Alopecia Areata, which is an autoimmune disease where the body attacked the hair follicles. has been diagnosed with Primary Membranous Nephropathy, which has resulted in hair loss. Alexis's autoimmune disease has influenced her life and aspirations by committing herself to bring awareness to the homeless veteran population in her community as well as driving her to pursue a degree in neuroscience.
When asked what receiving this scholarship means to Alexis, she said, “I am so grateful to wigs.com for recognizing me for this scholarship. It’s so inspiring to know that I can share my story with them and others – and hopefully encourage another kid like me to make a difference as well. This scholarship will help lessen my financial burden as I begin college, and allow me to focus during my first school year (without worrying about a part-time job at the same time).
I admire the initiative wigs.com is taking to support people with hair loss, whether it be from alopecia, cancer, or other conditions. Most people don’t think of hair loss as much of a setback, but I can say from my personal experience that it has changed my life drastically. By getting the word out there via this scholarship, wigs.com may bring us a step closer to finding a cure.”
These two recipients impacted our team at Wigs.com because we saw how their missions aligned with our own, which is to help others. These recipients will go on to inspire countless others just as they have inspired our team here (and hopefully you reading this!). We wish them the best on their future academic endeavors.