Massage for Single Parents: Commitment Earns AMTA Scholarship
Published on June 10, 2013 by Scott Rudeen
As single parents struggle to support their families, they seek education in career fields that will help provide for the family. However, earning a degree can be expensive and time consuming. As a result, The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) recently piloted a program to foster the development of quality massage graduates by offering a $500 scholarship to select schools. Last month, Broadview University-Layton proudly awarded Cheryl Kvilvang not only the AMTA scholarship, but also the university’s matching scholarship for a total of $1,000.
Cheryl is a single mom who decided to go back to school and develop a career. Her goal was to blend skills she had acquired raising her family and incorporate her love of Reiki. Naturally, her intrigue of the physical body, understanding her role as a facilitator, and a desire to better serve her community guided Cheryl to massage therapy. Her ultimate goal? Use her skills to reach out, serve and support an under-served population within her community at low or no cost—in other words, single parents.
“Single parents are often solo warriors with limited support networks that become trapped in survival mode, placing them far behind their family and occupational priorities,” Cheryl said.
In her scholarship essay submission to AMTA, Cheryl outlined her approach to “Attracting Diversity as a Massage Therapist.” The following is a summary of her closing statement:
“A lot of single mothers struggle financially because they don’t have the means or education to obtain a really good job. Many single mothers are on state assistance due to that fact. That said, many of them don’t have health insurance and do not take care of themselves as they should… I will not only massage single mothers as part of my social responsibility, but I intend to educate them about the benefits of becoming a massage therapist… They can work in the home, perform out-bound massages, and still be able to be available to their children when they come home from school and tuck them in bed at night. That is my dream, my goal.”
By Kelley Sloan, Massage Therapy Program Chair, Broadview University