SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation, through generous funding from Massage Envy Spa, has awarded six $2,000 massage therapy scholarships to aspiring massage therapists. Each scholarship will help fund the recipient's education at a massage therapy school affiliated with the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS).
The scholarship winners and their respective massage therapy schools are as follows:
- Jamie Blazquez, ASIS Massage Education School, Flagstaff, Arizona
- Deborah Campos, Finger Lakes School of Massage, Ithaca, New York
- Chris Johns, Finger Lakes School of Massage, Ithaca, New York
- Colette Milazzo, Bellus Academy, Poway, California
- Christy Palmer, Spa Tech Institute, Ipswich, Massachusetts
- Stephen Potter, Finger Lakes School of Massage, Mount Kisco, New York
The number of individuals applying for Beauty Changes Lives scholarships increased more than 300 percent over its initial massage scholarship competition that kicked off in July 2013.
"Often, the practicing massage therapist is the influencer in helping an individual make the decision to pursue a career as a massage therapist," said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation. "The professionals at Massage Envy Spa have been wonderful partners in helping share the word about scholarship opportunities."
CG Funk, vice president of industry relations at Massage Envy Spa, said the scholarships relieve the financial concerns that keep people from pursuing their dream of a career in the massage industry.
"By removing the financial barriers through the gift of education, we're able to help people pursue careers in massage therapy and use the gift of therapeutic touch to help others feel better," Funk said. "Beauty and wellness really do change lives."
An interest in total wellness and the integration of massage therapy into a wellness regimen continues to grow, and massage therapy remains among the 10 fastest growing careers in the U.S.
"The Finger Lakes School of Massage urged that each and every one of their students apply for a scholarship," Lynch said of the three scholarship students enrolled in the same school system and crediting schools with encouraging their students to take advantage of scholarship opportunities. "The success of their students in receiving this educational funding will no doubt motivate other schools and students to take advantage of scholarship opportunities."
About Beauty Changes Lives
The Beauty Changes Lives 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 massage therapy. The Foundation also organizes and participates in philanthropic fundraisers that shine the spotlight on the charitable initiatives of the beauty and wellness community.
About Massage Envy Spa
Massage Envy Spa, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a provider of therapeutic massage in the United States and is an 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.