About The Awards


AACS is proud to announce the first Golden School Awards! Our schools go above and beyond in so many ways and now is your chance to prove why your school does it the best. All entries will be judged by beauty and wellness professionals who are independent from the AACS membership.

Winners will receive:

  • A trophy to display on campus
  • A digital badge to add to your website
  • Publication in The Beauty Industry Report and Beauty Link
  • A feature on the AACS website and social media pages
  • Bragging rights for 365 days

Guidelines and Planning

Before formally submitting your application, we have put together a planning document for all applicants to download to help formulate your responses. Our questions are open ended because we want to hear directly from you why you believe your campus is the best in the category you are applying for.

There is no one that knows your campus better than yourself. Our questions are short because only you can truly describe what makes your campus better than the rest. Feel free to make your submissions as long or as short as you need to fully paint the picture of why your campus deserves to win. While submitting pictures with your entry is not required, it is encouraged.

Enter in as many categories as you wish!

It is important to note that our applications do not have the option to save and return, so please take advantage of planning your answers before submitting! Download the Submission Planning Document, or click on the categories below to see what questions you’ll be asked when submitting. 

Download The Submission Planning Document    Apply Today


Applications Are Closed

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be an AACS member to submit an application?

The Golden School Awards are only open to current AACS member schools. If you would like to learn more about AACS membership, please reach out to the AACS National Office at info@beautyschools.org.

What makes a successful entry?

No one knows your campus like you. The judges will be looking for responses that come from the heart and truly embody the award that you are applying for.

Can I submit one entry for all my campuses?

While one brand may have multiple campuses, each campus has a different culture! Therefore, all applications are campus specific.

When are entries due?

All submissions must be submitted through the online portal by August 27, 2021.

Is there a cost to enter?

The entry fee is $249 per campus. With the fee you can submit for as many categories for one campus as you would like.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced at the AACS Annual Convention. You do not have to be present to win, but you will miss out on photo ops by not attending.

What kind of supporting documents can I upload?

Applicants can submit any type of supporting documents! The follow file types are all accepted by the application: .jpg, .png, .pdf, .mp4, .mov. If you are unsure, reach out to the AACS National Office at, info@beautyschools.org.

Is there a size limited for uploading my supporting documents?

Individual files can be a maximum of 1GB. There is no limit on how many files you can upload.

What is the best way to use my award?

Display your trophy on campus! Add the digital badge to your email signatures and on the home page of your website. There are no restrictions on where you can share your achievement!