Massage Therapy Scholarships and Grants

Recent years have seen resurgence in holistic medical treatments and alternative methods for general health and well being. This has created a renaissance in massage schools and scholarships.

As with all other scholarships the criteria is varied but the process is similar. Good rules of thumb are to prepare early, research a lot and prepare paperwork and references before you begin the process. That means looking at all of the different scholarship offers that may apply to your situation or abilities. Getting the criteria and application guidelines for each and compiling these in some sort of priority order.

Prepare a folder in which you keep this information and other important details and documents which are related to the application process. Also include in the folder, copies of references, personal details and financial data so that if an opportunity arises there is no reason to delay an application.

When you have all your paperwork organized and well written and all your data and references compiled you are ready to go. These are a few of the massage school scholarships around, to get you started.

The Spa Foundation

The foundation offers scholarships in amounts up to $9,000 to individuals who are seeking a career in holistic health and beauty. Students are expected to show financial need and passion for change. The number of scholarships offered and the amount of each scholarship is dependent upon donations to the foundation. The Spa Foundation is continuously accepting applications.

“We want to inspire you, support you and make sure that your future is successful. We need a strong commitment that you are serious about your career goals and are 100% devoted to an amazing life and career change. Not only will you be going to school to become licensed in a spa profession, but also you must complete monthly assignments that will help you to become a savvy and committed professional. You will be challenged to grow in professional and personal ways and to achieve more than you have ever thought possible.”

Massage Therapy Foundation

One of the primary purposes of the foundation is to fund solid research studies investigating the many beneficial applications of massage therapy. Foundation research grants are awarded to individuals or teams conducting studies that promise to advance understanding of specific therapeutic applications of massage; public perceptions of, and attitudes toward massage therapy and the role of massage therapy in health care delivery.

The research deadline is March 1 annually. The usual award for 12 months is $1,000 -$30,000 and must be used in the specific time period for which it has been awarded. This grant supports high quality, independent research that contributes to the basic science of massage therapy application, including applied research investigating massage therapy as a health/mental health treatment and/or prevention modality. The research grant is available to investigators who have experience in the relevant field of research, and are presently associated with or have secured the cooperation of a university. Independent research organizations or other institutions qualified and willing to function as a sponsoring organization for the purpose of this project will also be considered by the foundation.

American Specialty Health Scholarship

A scholarship designed to aid students in further their studying in alternative healing careers.

Helio Scholarship

A $500 scholarship awarded each semester at the San Diego & New York campuses of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.

Dr. Michael and Marlene Nissenblatt Scholarship, email:

This Scholarship is for first or second year post-graduate students of western medicine who are seeking a career in traditional Chinese medicine. Qualifying applicants will be embarking on study in acupuncture and/or herbology and who embrace and bring the human touch and human spirit to health care.

American Specialty Health

American Specialty Health offer 12 scholarships for students pursuing careers in various aspects of complementary health and is open to students of massage therapy. For directions on how to apply and to download the application visit their Web site.

Cortiva Institute Founders Scholarships $1000

The Founders' Scholarship is a $1,000 award issued to an eligible student at each participating school in honor of the work and dedication of the founders of the Cortiva massage schools.

Cortiva Institute & Massage Magazine Scholarships $500

The Cortiva Institute & Massage Magazine scholarship program is a partnership to help eligible students invest in their education and become massage therapists. Scholarships awards of $500 are made up to four times per year.

The Pennsylvania Institute also offers one $3,000.00 scholarship that is awarded to a single exceptional student.

School of Massage Therapy Alumni Association Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by the School of Massage Therapy Alumni Association to currently enrolled massage therapy students. It is a single scholarship of $250 awarded at the Massage Therapy Symposium and Spring Gathering.

Stewards of Massage Therapy Scholarship

This scholarship was established from Alumni contributions and donations from friends of the University who are members of the Stewards of Massage Therapy giving program. The number of awards depends on the number of donations. Each scholarship is worth $500 and is awarded at the Massage Therapy Symposium and Spring Gathering.

The Imagine Scholarships

These scholarship awards are for high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in massage. Successful applicants receive a $1,000 career education scholarship.

Specific scholarships for massage schools or massage therapy students used to be very rare, two years ago a student would have been lucky to find five in the whole United States. As you can see from the impressive and incomplete listing above that number has been increasing rapidly which is great for all of us. Many scholarships not specific to massage programs are available for students based on economic need, gender, ethnicity, academic achievement or for other, sometimes quite interesting or bizarre reasons.