Several massage organizations sponsor grants and scholarships to help defray the cost of school and promote excellence in the industry. Other entities provide giveaways. Contact each organization shown below for information about the application process and deadline.
MT Dream Practice Giveaway
Co-sponsored by BIOTONE and MASSAGE Magazine, this giveaway is open to enrolled massage therapy students and practicing massage therapists. The prize package includes cash, and a selection of tools and services that may include business tools, technology, coaching, massage equipment, accessories and products to help establish a highly successful massage therapy practice.
MASSAGE Magazine Giveaway
MASSAGE Magazine partners with vendors in the massage-or-spa field to provide a prize package to one winner. Prizes may include products or services.
Massage Therapy Foundation Research Grants
These grants of up to $30,000 are awarded to support research studies investigating the health benefits of massage therapy. To apply, a researcher must have relevant experience in the chosen area of research, and be associated with a qualified sponsoring organization, such as a university.
Massage Therapy Foundation Community Service Grants
Intended to promote partnerships between massage professionals and the community, these grants of up to $5,000 are given to organizations providing massage to people who would otherwise have limited or no access to it. Eligible organizations will have been in existence at least one year; be tax-exempt; provide service to the community; and have a qualified staff member in charge of the program.
Successful Hands Grant Program
Sponsored by Biofreeze, Massage Envy Spa and Bon Vital’, this program was established in 2014 to help students prepare for a career in massage therapy. Applicants must be currently enrolled in massage therapy school, or a recent graduate, and submit a 200-word essay. Student grants of $1,000 each will be awarded in 2017.
Beauty Changes Lives Foundation— Massage Envy Spa Massage Scholarship
To apply for one of six $1,500 tuition scholarships, students must be enrolled in a massage therapy program at a school that belongs to the American Association of Cosmetology Schools. Each winner’s school receives $500.
Bob King Massage Therapy Student Scholarship
This $5,000 scholarship is awarded once a year to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of massage therapy and devotion to the profession. Applicants must be enrolled in or admitted to a 500-hour minimum entry-level massage therapy program at the time they submit the scholarship application.
Mary Tabacchi Scholarship
Funded by the International Spa Association (ISPA) Foundation, this $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior, senior or graduate student enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s or master’s degree program related to the spa industry, and pursuing a career related to spa management. The award includes free registration, along with travel stipend and hotel accommodations, for the ISPA Conference & Expo; a one-year ISPA student membership; and a one-year mentorship.