Jay Cannistraci Scholarship

A cherished friend and a film industry legend has passed on. On September 15, 2011, Jay Cannistraci lost his courageous battle with cancer.

Jay launched his film career in 1969 as a premiere Makeup Artist in the film Goodbye Columbus. Jay worked with directors Woody Allen, Oliver Stone and James Cameron and contributed to over 100 movies and TV episodes. See Credits>

Most recently, he was one of Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry's Film & TV instructors and was instrumental in helping build the school into what it is today. His family, friends, faculty, and students will miss him. He was a great inspiration to all of us.

Cosmix has created a scholarship in his honor that is awarded annually in December to an individual who has the passion and dedication to pursue a career as a professional makeup artist in film and television.

This scholarship provides full tuition and material fees for the Production Makeup Artistry Program

To Enter: Applications may be sent by email to info@cosmixinc.com or by regular mail to Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry 3440 N. Andrews Avenue Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

The entry must include:

  • 1. a letter of introduction
  • 2. all pertinent contact information including email, phone number, and address
  • 3. a statement, limited to 500 words, of why the applicant wishes to become a professional makeup artist, in what area they wish to specialize, and what they plan on doing once they are trained.
  • Applicants will be judged solely on their written expression and no previous artistry experience will be required to receive the award. Winners will be announced by December 15th each year. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts and members of the Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry executive team. Entries must be received no later than December 1st each year.

    Legal: To qualify, applicants must meet all the enrollment requirements (must be 18 or older by the time they begin classes, have a high school diploma or a G.E.D., be fluent in English and free from physical handicaps that would prevent them from working as a makeup artist.) International students must meet the requirements of qualification for an M-1 Student Visa, under the regulations of the U.S. Department of State. The winner must be able to provide confirmation of requirements within 30 days of the announcement as the winner, or the Scholarship will go to the runner-up. The Scholarship may be used at Fort Lauderdale campus, and the student must start classes within a year of the receipt of the scholarship, and may be used towards tuition for the Production Makeup Artistry Program at Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry - up to $9,700 USD. There is no cash award or cash value for unused funds. The decision of the panel is final. Only the winner will be notified by phone and email. For more information call 800-908-0544 or 954-564-4181.