On Dec. 9, Performance Health and Massage Envy Franchising LLC announced the winners of the 2019 Successful Hands Grant Program™. The program, a six-year collaboration between two industry leaders, supports professional massage therapy students by awarding eight individual $1,000 educational grants. In addition, each winner’s school receives a $1,000 grant package.
Applicants were asked to complete a 200-word essay on the topic, “What is your ultimate goal as a massage therapist?” The 2019 program, launched in February, was expanded with the offer of a free American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Student Membership to all applicants. AMTA is the largest non-profit, professional association serving massage therapists, students and schools.
“Thank you to all the students and schools who participated this year. We are always grateful for the opportunity to invest in the future of the massage therapy profession and this program is one of my favorite ways to do so,” said Craig Hall, director of sales and education, Performance Health. “I am delighted to announce this year’s winners.”
2019 Successful Hands Grant winners:
- Chaecie Bullock, Kneaded Energy School of Massage, Greensboro, NC
- Jinju Fong, Palm Beach State College, Boca Raton, FL
- Stephanie Foster, Northwest Academy of the Healing Arts, Bellingham, WA
- Melissa Hawkins, Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts, Bellingham, WA
- Noelle Jaroch, American Academy of Health and Beauty, Manchester, NH
- Priscilla Tamborini, National Holistic Institute, Sacramento, CA
- Vincent Thompson, Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA
- Monica Vigil, National Holistic Institute, Santa Rosa, CA
“We’re proud to continue partnering with Performance Health on this program that helps so many future therapists pursue their calling,” said Beth Stiller, president and CEO of Massage Envy. “We’re so thankful to AMTA for making the nomination process an even more rewarding experience this year and to the selection committee who had the incredibly difficult task of selecting this year’s winners.”
2019 review committee members:
- Darren Buford, Editor-in-Chief, Massage & Bodywork
- Scott Dartnall, President and CEO, One Concept
- Mae Manacap-Johnson, Editor, The Gospel of Beauty
- Karen Menehan, Editor in Chief, MASSAGE Magazine
- Douglas Nelson, President, Massage Therapy Foundation
“AMTA was honored to collaborate in this effort for massage therapy students to begin their education and careers with free student membership in the largest and most respected massage organization,” added Christopher Deery, AMTA national president. “And we’re delighted that we’ll be part of the 2020 grant program, allowing us to support even more students.”
“We can’t wait to see what the 2019 winners accomplish and we look forward to kicking off the 2020 Successful Hands Grant Program early next year,” concluded Craig. “Be part of our Facebook community to stay up to date on all the launch details.”
Like Successful Hands on Facebook and follow the program at facebook.com/SuccessfulHandsGrants.
About Performance Health
Performance Health is the largest specialty distributor and manufacturer of branded products and solutions for rehabilitation, recovery and sports medicine in the world. The Performance Health brand family includes the well-known and highly recognized brand names – Bon Vital’®, Biofreeze®, TheraBand®, Cramer®, Active Ankle®, Perform®, and Hygenic®. Performance Health is proud of the ability to serve anyone including those recovering from an injury, to those suffering from pain, to weekend warriors, to elite athletes, to healthcare professionals…and everyone in between. For each person, our purpose is simple: Help them feel good, perform better and live great!
About Massage Envy
Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor and does not independently own or operate any of the Massage Envy franchised location nationwide. The Massage Envy franchise network, collectively through its franchise locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage and skin care service. Massage Envy franchisees are, collectively, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians, with more than 35,000 dedicated wellness professionals that provide best-in-class service to over 1.65 million members. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 1,150 franchise locations in 49 states that have together delivered more than 100 million massages and facials. For more information, visit massageenvy.com, or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook at @MassageEnvy.