Winners of Beauty Changes Lives Massage Therapy Scholarships Announced, MASSAGE MagazineScottsdale, AZ. Massage Envy and the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation have announced the six inaugural winners of the Beauty Changes Lives Massage Therapy Scholarship. Funded by Massage Envy, each scholarship awards $2,000 to help recipients pursue an education in massage therapy at a qualified school.

Fall 2013 winners and their massage therapy schools are as follows:

  • Angelina Carillo, Lakeside, California, Marinello Schools of Beauty
  • Christy Kuhn, Carson City, Nevada, Carson City Beauty Academy
  • Brandie Lambdin, Flagstaff, Arizona, Arizona School of Integrative Studies
  • Olra Lee, Poway, California, Bellus Academy
  • Cyntha Linton, Santa Ysabel, California, Bellus Academy
  • Laura Peuquet, Ormond Beach, Florida, International Academy

CG Funk, vice president of industry relations at Massage Envy, said the scholarship raises awareness of the diverse career paths available to licensed massage therapists. “Massage has evolved from a therapeutic treatment or occasional luxury, to an integral component of many individuals’ health and wellness regimens,” said Funk.

Winners of the Beauty Changes Lives Massage Therapy Scholarship were selected by a judging panel based on their submitted essay or video applications. Each applicant addressed the questions, “Why did you choose a career in massage therapy?” and, “What is your vision for changing lives through therapeutic touch?”

As massage therapy becomes an increasingly mainstream component of athletics programs, health care, physical rehabilitation and personal care, demand for licensed therapists is on the rise. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 20 percent during the period from 2010 to 2020. Between July 2011 and July 2012, roughly 34.5 million adult Americans had at least one massage.

“At Massage Envy, we are committed to providing our clients with qualified therapists who possess technical expertise as well as an understanding of the benefits therapeutic touch delivers,” Funk said.

Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives foundation said  the addition of massage therapy into the Beauty Changes Lives scholarship suite highlights the connection between wellness and beauty. “Massage has moved beyond the confines of resorts and day spas to become part of many salon menus. This scholarship recognizes the integration of beauty and wellness and provides an opportunity for our friends in massage therapy to be part of the Beauty Changes Lives mission,” said Lynch.

Additional information about Beauty Changes Lives scholarships is available at

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 extraordinary 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 the spotlight on the charitable initiatives of the beauty and wellness community.

About Massage Envy

Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the U.S.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 has nearly 900 locations in 47 states. In addition, the average unit volume for a Massage Envy is $1.2 million. The company was recently ranked number 81 in Entrepreneur’s 2012 Franchise 500 and number 29 in its Fastest Growing Franchise rankings. Massage Envy is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and was recently named a 2012 Military Friendly Franchise. For more information, visit