Madison College News

Scholarship will honor first black barber

Jeff Patterson, owner of JP Hair Design and part-time instructor at Madison College, has announced the Taylor “Smitty” Smith Scholarship to assist Cosmetology Apprentice students.


Madison365 reported that Smith passed away in 2016 after more than 60 years in the barbering business. Patterson considers Smith a mentor and initiated the scholarship to benefit anyone interested in barbering or cosmetology. It will cover tuition and equipment costs for the four-semester program.


Published February 6, 2018. Updated February 13, 2018.