*MaMassage® Scholarship


Information about the MaMassage® Scholarship Process and Deadline!

The MaMassage® Scholarship will be awarded once per year, to allow a new massage therapist to train in a valuable skill to serve pregnant clients better. Therapists with prenatal massage training can more safely serve their clients and educate communities about the benefits of massage for pregnancy. Massage therapists with prenatal training increase their employability and potential for serving a wider range of clients in private practice. The recipient of the scholarship will also show a commitment to serving the community through the work of prenatal massage.

Those who fit the following parameters may apply for the MaMassage® Scholarship:

– women, GNC and non-binary folks to the front

– POC to the front

– MT’s who are about to graduate, recently graduated or licensed for less than 3 years

– those with a desire to create community and educate about massage for the childbearing period

– the recipient would need to be willing to allow a portion of their essay and their photo/bio to be put on the MaMassage® website

How to Apply for the MaMassage®: Scholarship Applicants will write a short essay that shows the following:

– WHY they want to learn to work with pregnant clients

– HOW they will take this work into their community in service/collaboration (other than practice building or employability)

– a 3-year timeline for career path including this work

– a genuine financial need (financial docs will not need to be submitted for verification)

– the essay can be submitted via email to kiera@mamassage.org 

Essays due BY January 19, 2020 *winner will be announced January 24th, 2020

How the MaMassage® Scholarship will be awarded:

Kiera Nagle, MA, LMT, the creator of MaMassage® has assembled a committee including previous MaMassage® alum and other colleagues in the field. Committee members will review the essays using a rubric which will use point values to assess the following criteria:

– the applicant’s clarity of vision (who they want to work with, why they want to work with them, HOW they will make it happen)

– uniqueness of proposal (how specialized is the population and what is their connection to it)

The applicant who accrues the most points from the rubric assessment will be the recipient of the scholarship.

For Donors: What does the $300 collection cover?

  • Tuition for the course is currently $400, so MaMassage.org is giving a discounted tuition for the recipient
  • The costs of space rental, equipment provisions, course binder materials, administrative registration and client communication tasks, and food service during the training will be covered for the recipient
  • If additional funds are collected, those will roll over to the 2019 scholarship

Do you have questions or concerns before donating? Please email kiera@mamassage.org

We’d like to thank the 2019 MaMassage® Scholarship Donors who are making it possible for our recipient to attend the April 2019 MaMassage® class:

Dan Wunderlich, Daryl Thuroff, Felipa Lopez, David Cone-Gorham, Beth Ricciardone, Maryjane Vargas-Rios, Adam Baritot, Kryssia Miranda, Angela Otto, Daniella Stromberg, Noelle Rogers, Lydia Nagle, and Peter Panken

The 2019 MaMassage® Scholarship committee includes: Kiera Nagle, MA, LMT, Carla Gaskins-Nathan, LMT, Vie Paula, LMT, and Kellie Knight, BS.

CONGRATULATIONS to Patrina Best, our 2019 MaMassage® Scholarship Recipient! Trina will attend the April 2019 MaMassage® training at Pacific College!


Here are excerpts from Patrina’s winning essay:

I grew up in the country of Barbados before coming to New York at the age of 14 to live. Experiencing the difference in cultures has helped to shape me and open me to new things. It has also allowed me to approach everything I do with the knowledge that there are always different viewpoints to things based on your influences.

My early experiences with healthcare were very holistic and homeopathic. I grew up hearing stories of midwives and how my great grandmothers and older relatives gave birth to their children at home. Many aspects of pregnancy for the older generation of women in my family circle were greatly different from the more modern experiences of the younger generation. The one thing that remains the same was how much support these women all gave to the one who was expecting.

For as long as I can remember, I have always been a nurturer to those in my life. Connecting to others through touch has been a part of that for me as well and it led me to massage therapy as a career choice, but even more so as a calling. Providing comfort to others is something that I often feel compelled to do. Massage fulfills that need.

After learning about the different forms of massage, prenatal massage spoke to me on a different level. Here was a chance to help people and connect with pregnancy in a way that I may never experience personally. Providing relief and comfort to women who were blessed to bring forth life seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to use my gifts and talents.

As a new massage therapist, my hope is within the next year to officially launch my personal practice. I hope to perform in home massage therapy for pre-natal and post-natal clients as well as tailored sessions for elderly clients. These clients are some of the most vulnerable in our society and providing care for them is something I feel compelled to do.

Completing this course is just the first step in gaining additional certifications and knowledge to be able to facilitate this plan. The pre-natal and post-natal offerings will be available by January of 2020 once I have successfully completed my training. The target clients will primarily be women of color in inner city communities as they often have less access to alternative health treatments. The goal is to work with community health centers and clinics to identify these clientele.

This scholarship will allow me to progress on step closer to my vision for my practice and provide me with an opportunity to help others. This will also provide further inspiration to my siblings that you can achieve many things through perseverance and determination. I am the head of household and primary support for 2 of my sisters and a niece. I strive to be an example of what believing in yourself can accomplish.

I thank you for the opportunity to apply and be considered for this chance to make difference. It is my hope that I will be one of the many recipients who will be given the chance to enrich their practice by learning these incredible techniques.


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