SCC announces winners of the Madam C.J. Walker Scholarship sponsored by Mary Kay

Written on: October 1, 2021 by SprayTM

The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) has announced the winners of the Madam C.J. Walker Scholarship, sponsored by Mary Kay Inc., in support of under-represented minority students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in chemical, physical, medical, pharmaceutical, biological, or related sciences and technology.

The selection committee, which included Madam C.J. Walker’s great-great-granddaughter, chose the two winners from a group of impressive candidates, each of whom shall receive a $5,000 scholarship:

Imani Elaine Porter

Hampton University

second year undergraduate



Joy Rutherford

The Ohio State University fourth year PhD candidate



The winners have been invited to attend the SCC 75th Annual Meeting & Showcase, December 13-15, 2021 in New York City to be presented with the award.

Imani Porter

“Madam Walker was a pioneering Black female entrepreneur who inspired many with her financial independence, business acumen, and philanthropy,” said Dr. Lucy Gildea, Chief Scientific Officer at Mary Kay Inc.  “It is exciting to honor her legacy by supporting these two outstanding students in their pursuit of careers in cosmetic science.  Mary Kay is proud to inspire and empower the next generation of scientists to follow in Walker’s footsteps.”

“The selection committee was impressed by the outstanding applicants for the inaugural scholarship,” said Erica O’Grady, CAE, CEO of the Society. “Imani and Joy rose to the top of this impressive group with their commitment to education, research, mentorship, and

Joy Rutherford

giving back in the true spirit of Madam C.J. Walker.”