Trio of Massage Therapy Students Earn AMTA Scholarships

Posted by on March 4, 2013

Marina Jepson (left) and Marisa Kolasa (right) pose with Minnesota AMTA Chapter President Kelli Quist with their scholarship certificates.

Three massage therapy program students were celebrated at the Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth (MSB) for earning scholarships from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) recently.

Kelli Quist, president of the Minnesota chapter of AMTA, presented the awards to massage therapy students Marina Jepson, Marisa Kolasa and Nichole Schilling during a ceremony in front of faculty, staff and fellow students.

“AMTA is the only nonprofit association out there for massage professionals right now,” Quist said. “We’re a member-driven organization that drives legislative efforts in Minnesota, offers educational and social events, and membership is a great way to be with other massage therapists.”

Jepson is a first-quarter student in the massage program. She came to MSB after looking for  a fulfilling career that she can practice for the rest of her working days.

“The [AMTA] is a great association,” Jepson said. “I want to become more involved with them and I’m really happy and honored to receive their scholarship.”

Kolasa has been at the MSB-Plymouth campus since July 2011, and will earn her associate degree by year’s end.

“The scholarship is a big deal for me,” Kolasa said. “It means a lot that I was picked, and helps out a lot with school and continuing my education.”

Schilling, who was unable to attend the ceremony, is in the diploma program and started in October 2011. Massage has been her calling for

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Student Nichole Schilling also received a scholarship from the AMTA.

many years.

After her son’s passing in 2009, she decided to take the next step in her life-long interest in massage.

“I’ve always wanted to do [massage] since I was a little kid,” Schilling said. “It’s the best feeling in the world knowing you can help people feel better.”

The trio will each earn just over $300 in scholarship funds, which will be doubled by MSB’s scholarship program. This program matches all scholarships from external organizations up to $1,000.

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