BCL_Logo_RGBSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Following another successful year of competitions, the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation and Massage Envy Spa are once again offering a scholarship program exclusively for aspiring massage therapists. Through funding by Massage Envy Spa, the Beauty Changes Lives Massage Envy Spa Scholarship will award six $1,500 tuition scholarships to individuals enrolled in a massage therapy program at a qualified member school. In addition, each winner’s school will receive a $500 gift they can use to enhance their school’s massage therapy offerings.

The application window opened Monday, Jan. 26, and will close April 6. Interested applicants may apply for a scholarship at www.beautychangeslives.org/scholarships.

The winners will be selected by a judging panel of beauty and wellness professionals based on the 300-word essay or three-minute video addressing the question, “Why are you pursuing a career in massage therapy and what is your vision for changing lives through therapeutic touch? “

CG Funk, vice president of industry relations at Massage Envy Spa, said the company’s support of massage therapy scholarships reflects increased public awareness of massage therapy as a career of choice.

“Massage therapy continues to rank among the fastest growing careers in the U.S. today,” Funk said. “Employment growth in the massage industry reflects individuals’ interest in total wellness. The career path offers flexibility that is so important for life/work balance.”

Funk added that the $500 award to winners’ schools can help enhance their educational offerings and resources.

Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, said consumers increasingly perceive massage therapy as an integral part of their self-care regimen.

“Massage is no longer viewed as a luxury but as part of an integrated approach to beauty, wellness and holistic self care,” Lynch said.  

Since its inception in 2012, the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation has awarded more than $750,000 in scholarships to help individuals pursue careers in beauty and wellness, including 18 Massage Envy Spa scholarship awards. 

About the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation

The foundation is a 501(c)(3) created by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools to build awareness of the career opportunities available in the beauty and wellness industry and awards scholarship to individuals pursuing careers in hair, skin, nails, barbering and massage therapy. The foundation also organizes and participates in numerous philanthropic fundraisers that shine a spotlight on the charitable initiatives of the beauty and wellness community. For more information, visit www.BeautyChangesLives.org.

About Massage Envy Spa

Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States and the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians. The national franchise is dedicated to providing professional and affordable therapeutic massage and spa services to consumers with busy lifestyles at convenient times and locations. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy Spa has nearly 950 locations in 48 states. The company was recently ranked No. 51 in Entrepreneur’s 2013 Franchise 500 and No. 29 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy Spa is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was named a 2012 Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit www.MassageEnvy.com.