Wahl Clipper Corporation’s Professional division, social service organization Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, and local businesses Antonio’s Barber College and St. Charles Barber College are pleased to announce the awarding of scholarships to six new students as part of the Wahl Professional Fade it ForwardTM scholarship program. The event will take place on Monday, October 12th, at 10:30 a.m. at Urban League St. Louis Headquarters, 1408 North Kingshighway Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63113. Information on the Fade It Forward TM program can be found here: https://wahlpro.com/education/fadeitforward/
For St. Louis, this is the first group of Fade It Forward™ students to go through the clipper
manufacturer’s philanthropic program and year two for the program in Chicago. Three of
the six St. Louis students will be attending barber school at St. Charles Barber College,
1510 Elm Street, St. Charles, MO 63301, while the other three students will be attending
school at Antonio’s Barber College, 6253 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121. Although studying at different locations, all students will be going through a challenging program at their respective colleges. Before officially starting their path to becoming a barber, each student was paired with a hand-selected mentor, a barber in the St. Louis area, that helped guide and teach the students the importance of hard work and determination during a four-week mentorship.
“The Fade It Forward program is as much about supporting our at-risk youth as it is about helping them become professional barbers,” says Garland Fox, barber and Wahl
Education and Artistic Team (W.E.A.T.) member. “We’re fortunate to partner with Urban League - St. Louis as they help provide the ongoing support the students need as they progress through their barber education.”
For Fox, the creation of this philanthropic program is about giving back to the next generation, as he once was homeless, and credits becoming a barber as something that changed his life for the better. Fox’s inspiration and determination to help youth gain better lives is not only taking root in the St. Louis and Chicago areas, but the program plans to expand to Cleveland, OH in 2021.
Wahl Fade It Forward Scholarship Ceremony
Wahl Professional, Urban League – St. Louis, Antonio’s Barber College, and St. Charles
New Scholarship Students
Celebrity barber and Wahl Professional educator, Garland “G-Whiz” Fox
Urban League – St. Louis, Headquarters
• 1408 North Kingshighway Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63113
Students will be surprised with scholarships one at a time, beginning at 10:30 a.m. in 15- minute increments and finishing at 12:30, at which time representatives from Urban League and Wahl Clipper Corporation will say a few words. The Fade It ForwardTM program was created by Wahl Professional and Wahl Education
and Artistic Team member, Garland “G-Whiz” Fox, whose goal is to help transform
youths’ lives in the community by helping them become professional barbers. Fox notes
that becoming a barber was a turning point in his life and that he hopes to help youth
who are in the same position as he was. The program was founded in 2018.
OF NOTE: Due to COVID-19, all event attendees will be required to wear face masks.
Chicago Fade It Forward scholarship recipients, pictured with celebrity barber and Wahl Professional educator, Garland "G-Whiz" Fox, at their September 22nd event.