MaMassage® Scholarship



Information about the 2019 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 (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 BY February 10th, 2019 to

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 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

We’d like to thank the 2018 MaMassage® Scholarship Donors who are making it possible for our recipient to attend the March 2018 MaMassage® class:

Rachel Beider, Darcy Bowman, Sharon Hall Almeida, Evelyn Intondi, Cynthia Mattheeussen, Lydia Nagle, Noelle Rogers, Peter Panken, MaryJane Vargas, and  Somaliah Williams

The 2018 MaMassage® Scholarship committee includes: Kiera Nagle, MA, LMT, Carla Nathan, LMT, Vie Paula, LMT, Cindy Samantha, LMT, and Kellie Knight, BS.

CONGRATULATIONS to Yahaira Paulino, our first MaMassage® Scholarship Recipient! Yahaira will attend the March 2018 MaMassage® training at Pacific College!


Here are excerpts from Yahaira’s winning essay:

…Sometimes our beginnings have a way of shaping our journey in ways unimaginable to us. I look forward to working (as a massage therapist) and helping people. Yet, I hold a warm spot in my heart for mothers to be, and their unborn children. I thought of becoming a Doula at one point, but massage therapy called out to me more. I would like to focus on being part of a team that helps immigrant women with their prenatal and postnatal care. I’m particularly interested in the Washington Heights, South Bronx and East Harlem communities. I work with Union Settlement Association in East Harlem now, and upon graduation and certification, I look forward to partnering with them and perhaps Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership Doula Program, to see how I can use my MT skills to support their prenatal services.

…Within the next two years I would like to create partnerships by working with other organizations like Ancient Song Doula Services, Family Health Centers of Montefiore Hospital, the Healthy Harlem Initiative, and Bronx Volunteer Doula Program to expand my services into the South Bronx and Washington Heights. My main goal is to create a strong partnership with these organizations and enroll a group of Doulas and MT’s to spend six weeks of the summer in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and or Haiti helping young mothers with their prenatal care.

…I grew up as a New York City latch-key- kid of two very hard working immigrant parents with a strong sense of family. Despite being the middle child, I was always sought out to help family members and neighbors by translating at doctor appointments or filling out documents. Most importantly, I had to learn at a very young age to take care of myself, because that was the best way I could help my family.

… My time at Pacific College has not been without its share of ups and downs. I can’t say it has been easy and I’m sure my story is not much different than most. All I can attest to is that through life’s obstacles of rent issues, unemployment or deaths in the family, I stuck it out with my family rooting for me along the way. I’m due to graduate this April and I’m really excited about my future as an MT. All our beginnings defer and our choices have the potential to spark small contribution that transform the ordinary into extraordinary. In the midst of many sparks applying for this scholarship, I am humbled for the opportunity it affords, and look forward to being one of many recipients to come.

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