Barbizon of Akron Graduate Wins $100,000 College Scholarship

Local High School student in North Ridgeville wins
courtesy of
Barbizon International.


“I don’t have to worry about money for college anymore which means I can focus more on studying and grades and go to any school that I have always wanted to go to!” - Briana Lehman

To date, Barbizon International has rewarded over a half million dollars in college scholarship money to deserving students. Each year, the company holds a drawing for a $100,000 college scholarship chosen at random from a collection of ballots. This year we are proud to announce that local young lady Briana Lehman from North Ridgeville, and a sophomore at North Ridgeville High School, is the 2010 winner! Lehman is a stellar student with a 4.3 Grade Point Average who has dreams of attending a top-ranked university and now has the opportunity to fulfill her aspirations as a result of this scholarship. “I have always worried about the money involved with going to college. I didn’t want to tell my mom where I really wanted to go, because I didn’t think that it was realistic. Now, I can go to NYU or any of the Ivy League schools, that I have always wanted to go to but didn’t think I would be able to! I don’t have to worry about the money any more which means I can focus on my studying and grades.”

Briana credits much of her self-confidence and ambition to the experience that she had with Barbizon of Akron. Barbizon of Akron, taught her the importance of saying no to peer pressure, cultivating a better sense of poise and general presence, and of course developing a competitive edge. Lehman says, “Barbizon of Akron pulled it all together for me. Now I know how to go into any job interview and [handle myself]… Barbizon helped me prepare for the real world and put me ahead of the pack!”

Briana’s mother also attributes her daughter’s strong sense of character and self–esteem to Barbizon of Akron. “[Barbizon of Akron] helps teens develop self-confidence, self esteem, and the strength of character to be able to stand up to the peer pressure that is out there today. [Barbizon Graduates] realize that they have a future and that they have the confidence to stand up to the pressure… Barbizon gave Briana the whole package: She’s a great student, self-confident, she can think on her feet, and when she walks into the room people take notice of her”

Barbizon International hand presented the scholarship to Briana in May during a school assembly at North Ridgeville High School.

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Interview with $100,000.00 barbizon college scholarship winner Briana Lehman

What made you decide to look into Barbizon of Akron?
Briana: I always wanted to model and act and felt that Barbizon of Akron would be a great school for me. My self-confidence was a little shaky before Barbizon of Akron. I wasn’t sure of myself and I did not think I was pretty and I felt that Barbizon of Akron would be able to help me with all of that.


How do you feel today after attending Barbizon of Akron?
Briana: I feel prettier and more confident. I can walk into a room and act like I own it. I am a better communicator and public speaker. Before attending Barbizon of Akron, I always felt that I wasn’t very good at speaking in front of large groups of people and now, because of the confidence I developed through my Barbizon of Akron training, I am a much better public speaker. Barbizon of Akron made me feel great!


Can you talk to us about self-confidence?
Briana: A lot of teen-agers don’t have the confidence that I acquired as a result of the classes at Barbizon of Akron. I see teens everyday that don’t think that they are pretty enough or good enough, which is how I used to feel. Barbizon of Akron helped me to find my inner and outer beauty. Feeling better is life changing.


Do you deal with peer pressure?
Briana: No, I have been very fortunate to not have to deal with peer pressure as I am very confident now, so it does not affect me. 

Many times we now talk about the competitive edge that people need in today’s society. Can you tell us what you think about that.
Briana: I’ve always been a very competitive person, but Barbizon of Akron has put it all into perspective for me. I know I am pulled together, I know how to go in and handle any job interview, and I know how to communicate. The Barbizon of Akron staff helped prepare me for the real world and put me ahead of the pack.


Tell us about how winning the $100,000.00 scholarship will change your life?
Briana: I’ve always worried about the money involved with going to college. I did not want to tell my mom where I really wanted to go because I did not think it would be realistic. Now I can go to NYU or any of the Ivy League colleges, the one’s I have always wanted to go to, but did not think I would be able to. Now, I don’t have to worry about the money for college which means I can focus more on studying and grades.


From a teen-agers point-of-view, how do you feel that attending Barbizon of Akron would help other teen-agers?
Briana: It would give them the confidence I now have. I see girls and guys without a lot of confidence EVERYDAY. If they came to Barbizon of Akron their self-confidence would develop and grow. Barbizon of Akron is a wonderful place to be and truly changes lives for the better.


Briana’s Mother                                                                 


Ms. Lehman, what changes have you seen in Briana since she attended Barbizon of Akron?
Ms. Lehman: I’ve seen a lot of changes! Briana has always been beautiful, but now, she has learned how to carry herself, how to walk into a room, and how to dress. Briana is very poised and VERY confident, comfortable in her own skin and up for newchallenges and situations. She is happy to be herself.


Ms. Lehman, how has winning the $100,000.00 college scholarship going to change your and Briana’s life?
Ms. Lehman: I have talked to Briana for the last few years about college since she has always been very bright and I want her to take advantage of that. But at the same time, as a single mom I do not have the money set aside for her to go to college, so this scholarship is incredible!!!! Winning the scholarship makes it easier for me, I no longer have to worry about saving up money for Briana to attend college which is a huge burden that has been lifted from my shoulders! This scholarship will open so many more doors for her and permit her to attend one of the best universities in this country now.


Ms. Lehman, are you glad that Briana attended Barbizon of Akron?
Ms. Lehman: I am very glad that Briana attended Barbizon of Akron! Briana loved the classes, she was happy and each week after leaving the training, I saw changes in her for the better in all of the areas of her life, especially with her poise and confidence! Plus she won the $100,000.00 college scholarship to any college in the USA—What could be better than that?!


Ms. Lehman from a parent’s standpoint what would you say to other parents thinking of enrolling their teenager in Barbizon of Akron?
Ms. Lehman: Look past the skeptism! I was very skeptical in the beginning, since there are so many scams out there. I’m comfortable saying that this is a reputable business. We got what we paid for, she learned so much and she will carry it with her the rest of her life. The training at Barbizon helps all teens develop self-confidence, self-esteem, strength of character, and how to stand up to all of the peer pressure that is out there today. Barbizon Graduates realize that they have a future and they develop the confidence to stand up to the pressure. My daughter has a 4.3 GPA and has always been a great student, but we live in a very competitive society! Barbizon of Akron helped her develop wonderful communication skills. Now, she can think on her feet, and when she walks into a room people notice her. Briana is truly the whole package, thanks to Barbizon of Akron!
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To date, Barbizon International has awarded over a half million dollars in college scholarship money to deserving students. 
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For more information log onto barbizonakron.com or CALL 330.867.4110!