Scholarships & Awards – IAM

In recognition of the International Academy of Health Education’s 36th anniversary year, the International Academy of Massage is pleased to offer students applying to the Academy for the 2016 Full-time programs, the opportunity to apply for the following scholarships and awards.

Entrance Scholarships:

 

A student may apply for only one scholarship in the following categories:

The Academy recognizes the benefits of a student’s past educational training and work within the healthcare field.
Historically, the Academy went through an itemized review of educational credits. The Academy’s experience determined that while the subject name was the same, the scope or depth of the content or how the content was applied to massage therapy training, often varied between the National Massage Competencies and the person’s related healthcare training. These events often added the need for remedial work to ensure each student had the broadest & in-depth knowledge and skill to move forward. As such, the Academy has elected to create a series of Scholarships for those with healthcare related, prior training and elect to take the full-time massage therapy program as presented. The Scholarships will provide the financial benefits of the previous educational credits and create the opportunity for the student to attend all subjects to build a strong structure of both knowledge and skill competencies. While this may mean some subjects will be a review, it does ensure that all of the required material is known by the student, to the specific requirements of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. It also positions the Scholarship student to reach for an ‘honours’ standing within the program.

 

(1)    Community College Scholarship $700.00
If the applicant holds a 2 or 3 year diploma from any Canadian Community College or he/she will be eligible for this scholarship.
How do you apply? Simply add a letter to your application setting out the name of the diploma held, the year it was issued and provide a copy of the diploma & transcript. Upon confirmation by the Education Committee, the scholarship will be granted.
Scholarship Award: $700.00. It will be applied to the total tuition fees for the program. Semester tuition fees will be pro-rated.

(2)    Massage Training Scholarship $500.00
In addition to the potential eligibility for educational & financial credits, as determined by the Educational Committee’s analysis of your educational experience, the scholarship recognizes a student’s demonstrated past participation in becoming a massage therapist.

To be eligible, the student must have completed a minimum of 3 months training (16 hours per week) in a structured massage program in North America. A transcript and set of course descriptions will be required.

Scholarship Award: $500.00. It will be applied to the total tuition fees for the program. Semester tuition fees will be pro-rated.
How do you apply? Simply add a letter to your application setting out the name of the school attended and provide a transcript. Upon confirmation by the Education Committee, the scholarship will be granted.

(3)    University Scholarship $1,000.00
If the applicant holds a degree from any Canadian University, he/she will be eligible for this scholarship. This award is eligible to applicants who do not hold a nursing, occupational therapy or kinesiology degree.

Scholarship Award: $1,000.00. It will be applied to the total tuition for the program. Semester tuition fees will be pro-rated.
How do you apply? Simply add a letter to your application setting out the name of the degree held, the year it was issued and provide a copy of the degree & transcript. Upon confirmation by the Education Committee, the scholarship will be granted.

(4)    Related Healthcare Scholarship (RPN) $1,000.00
Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) applicants for this award must hold a diploma from a training institution in Canada or, can provide documentation that supports he/she has been educated in a foreign college/university and has practiced nursing for a minimum of 3 years in a hospital environment.

Dental Hygiene and Diagnostic Medical Sonographer graduates are also eligible for this scholarship. The applicant must have graduated from a program exceeding 18 months.

It is understood the recipient will undertake the complete Full-time massage therapy program, without educational credits, to ensure all aspects of competencies have been studied as determined by the National Competencies Standards for Massage Therapy in Canada.

(5)     Related Healthcare Education Scholarship $3,000.00
Applicants who hold a degree in Nursing, Occupational Therapy or Physical Health & Education from a North American College or University.

Eligible applicants for this award must hold a recognized degree from a College/University in North America. It is understood the recipient will undertake the complete full-time massage therapy program, without educational credits, to ensure all aspects of competencies have been studied as determined by the National Competencies Standards for Massage Therapy in Canada.
Scholarship Award: $3,000.00. It will be applied to the total tuition fees for the program. Semester tuition fees will be pro-rated.
How do you apply? Simply add a letter to your application setting out the name of the degree held, the year it was issued and provide a copy of the degree & transcript. Upon confirmation by the Education Committee, the scholarship will be granted.

(6)    Sir James R. Marshall Scholarship $4,000.00
This scholarship is granted to the qualified applicant who holds a degree and is a foreign trained medical doctor.
Eligible applicants for this award must hold a degree from an International University and can provide documentation that supports he/she has been trained and practiced medicine in another country for a minimum of 2 years. It is understood the recipient will undertake the complete Full-time massage therapy program, without educational credits, to ensure all aspects of competencies have been studied as determined by the National Competencies Standards for Massage Therapy in Canada.
Scholarship Award: $4,000.00. It will be applied to the total tuition fees for the program. Semester tuition fees will be pro-rated.

How do you apply? Simply add a letter to your application setting out the name of the degree held, the year it was issued and provide a copy of the degree & transcript. Upon confirmation by the Education Committee, the scholarship will be granted.

(7)    Lady Dorothy Marshall Scholarship $4,000.00
This scholarship is granted to the qualified applicant who holds a degree in Human Kinetics or Kinesiology from a Canadian University.
The Academy recognizes the value of the associated training the applicant has received and its supportive value to becoming a massage therapist.

It is understood the recipient will undertake the complete Full-time massage therapy program, without educational credits, to ensure all aspects of competencies have been studied as determined by the National Competencies Standards for massage therapy in Canada.

Scholarship Award: $4,000.00. It will be applied to the total tuition fees for the program. Semester tuition fees will be pro-rated.
How do you apply? The scholarship will be automatically applied upon     receipt of a copy of the degree & transcript.

Academic and Clinical Performance Awards

The following performance awards are in addition to any ‘Entrance Scholarship’ earned by the student.

Academic Performance Scholarship
-Open to all students registered in the Full-time massage therapy program during semester 5.
This scholarship will be automatically awarded to any student who has achieved an honours standing (85% or higher) at the conclusion of semester 4 and has passed all oral practical examinations conducted up to the end of semester 4. The grade determination will include all results from semester 1 up to & including semester 4. The student must have successfully completed all subjects, without rewrites, to be eligible.
Award: $200.00
The student must be registered in the full-time massage therapy program at the start of semester 6. The award is applied to the semester 6 tuition fees.

Exemplary Participation Award
If a student’s record of net participation hours exceeds 2510 hours (Standard program hours plus additional study hours), he/she will receive a special recognition award for ‘exemplary’ participation at graduation. Start building your bank of hours in the first semester. Additional hours from all categories count towards this award. The student’s bank of hours must exceed 2510 after any deduction for missed hours. (Personal study hours cannot be used to replace ‘in-class’ scheduled hours which have been missed.)
Students are eligible to exceed all minimum benchmark hours listed in the hands-on public clinic section without an additional tuition.

Honours Achievement
Every student has the opportunity to graduate with ‘honours’ standing which is achieving an 85.0% grade average over the entire program. It takes commitment, dedication, persistence and a sense of purpose to become an ‘honours’ graduate.
•    The ‘honours’ graduate’s diploma acknowledges this accomplishment for all future clients to recognize that they are being treated by a highly knowledgeable ‘top performer’.

“Scott & Sparkes Award” for Excellence in Clinical Technique
In each graduating class, there will be one student who earns the top performance award for the ‘hands-on’ or practical application of massage techniques and outstanding professionalism in clinical settings; as determined by the supervising faculty and final examiners. The award is named after the two founding program directors, who have helped set the high standards of clinical practice the Academy’s graduates take forward into their careers as registered massage therapists
The award is presented at the Graduation ceremonies.

Executive Director’s Award
In each graduating year, the Education Committee reviews all graduating students to determine, if there is an individual(s) who has achieved the highest academic standings for the period and also has placed in the top quartile of students in clinical technique standings.
•    The recipient is recognized at the Graduation ceremonies and presented with a quality award for display to future clients. The award is not necessarily granted each year.

President’s Award
Periodically, there is usually one student who generally performs at the Top. The President’s award is determined by a panel that selects the person, who has exemplified the characteristics of professionalism and overall achievement. The Education Committee selects the student who exhibited the following characteristics:
•    Consistently demonstrated strong academic and clinical technique performance
•    Displayed positive leadership qualities within the student body and the overall Academy
•    Maintained professional client relations during clinics and off-site activities
•    Participated in or completed volunteer work within the general community and/or the student body (e.g. tutoring or mentoring other students).
The recipient receives a prestigious award at the Graduation ceremonies. This award is not necessarily granted each year, as it is important to maintain the standards of the criteria, in order to honour all of those who have earned the reward in the past. Graduates from the 3 academies are eligible for this award