HOBOKEN, N.J., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Performance Health, the makers of Biofreeze, and Bon Vital, two of the foremost providers of products used by professional massage therapists, will offer Cortiva Institute School of Massage Therapy more than $4,000 in scholarship awards to qualified students for its October class start.

Bon Vital, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a variety of health care products for the professional massage and wellness industries, is offering $3,000 in scholarship funds for qualified students. Students at Cortiva’s 12 locations nationwide (Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois (three campuses); Hoboken, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Scottsdale, Arizona; Seattle, Washington (two campuses); Tampa, Florida; Tucson, Arizona; and Wall, New Jersey) will have the opportunity to apply for one of three $1,000 scholarships offered by Bon Vital.

Performance Health, the makers of Biofreeze, the leading topical analgesic product, is providing $1,200 for student scholarships to purchase textbooks. Students at the 12 Cortiva locations are eligible to apply for one of three awards offered by Performance Health.

“We’re proud to be able to partner with exceptional companies like Bon Vital and Performance Health and support worthy students passionate about becoming professional massage therapists,” said Ted Havelka, vice president of Cortiva Institute.

Three students were awarded scholarships in the summer term, including Tara Shultis of Tucson and Jay Keys of Chicago, both of whom received $1,000 awards from Bon Vital. Ruth Fields of Tucson was the winner of a $400 book scholarship from Performance Health.

“We are very pleased to support Cortiva’s scholarship program,” said Lynda Solien-Wolfe, director of clinical education and research, massage and spa for Performance Health. “Cortiva Institute’s dedication to providing students with opportunities to challenge themselves, personally and professionally, aligns well with our goal of providing products that make a difference in the lives of individuals.”

Scholarship applications are available online at www.Cortiva.com or through each campus location. The deadline for applications is Oct. 14.

About Cortiva Institute

Cortiva Institute is a community of massage therapy schools with 12 locations nationwide, offering full- and part-time massage therapy instruction, continuing education courses, student clinics that are open to the public and career services for graduates. Cortiva schools take a holistic and integrated approach to ensure graduates are prepared to work in clinics, hospitals, health clubs, spas, resorts, sports therapy clinics or start their own private practices. Visit www.Cortiva.com for graduation and placement rates, tuition and loan amounts.