Debbie Long Memorial Scholarship Grant

Information for Community Outreach/Scholarship Award Application_for_Community_Outreach

Monies raised at AMTA-NC annual convention’s raffles were used for legislative needs prior to 2000, but after the licensing bill was passed and enacted, the AMTA-NC Board voted to apply the monies to Community Outreach & Scholarship awards.  Monies raised from these raffles, drawings and Recycle Sales are all collected and available for applicants wanting to do some extraordinary massage events within the North Carolina communities

In 2007, the Community Service scholarship award was renamed: “Debbie Long Memorial Outreach Award”. Debbie Long was an active AMTA-NC member & board member and very involved in community service therefore, the AMTA –NC Board Of Directors wanted to honor her by naming the Community Service award for her.  The“Debbie Long Memorial Outreach Award” is an outreach oriented financial grant to AMTA members who do extraordinary things for the community. The award is for anyone who wants to do a community service project involving massage, or is already doing one, and needs financial assistance.   Value is up to $500. This award is voted on by the Chapter BOD and announced at the Chapter Annual Meeting.

Specific requirements of the Grant are that it be:

  • A volunteer opportunity
  • A Community benefit driven event
  • It can be for equipment purchase
  • It can be for research studies of massage.
  • Not to be used for compensation of lost wages


  • 2001 – Sandy Aycoth of Winston-Salem. Sandy purchased a massage table for the Battered Women’s Shelter in Winston-Salem for the volunteer work she did to show them safe touch. (article in winter 2002 as part of the 2002 National Humanitarian Award article)
  • 2002 – Joy Williams of New Bern Joy was to do a study with a local dentist on the effects of massage on TMJ. Unfortunately, this didn’t end up happening and she wasn’t awarded the funds.
  • 2003 – Jeanne Theodore of Clyde. Taught self-massage as safe touch to women and their children in a domestic violence shelter in Haywood County. (article in summer 2004)
  • 2004 – The therapists who went to Greece were each given funds towards this volunteer work – Lynn Shell, Scotty Barbour and Sara Toogood for the Olympics and Shelly Norman and Bill Johnson for the Paralympics. (pictures in fall 2004)
  • 2005 – Laura Allen of Rutherfordton  Laura did community outreach by working with people in comas and persistent vegetative states. (article in winter 2006 page 6)
  • In June of 2007 the name of the Community Service Outreach/Scholarship Award was changed to the Debbie Long Memorial Outreach Award after Debbie’s death from a very rare form of sarcoma on April 30.
  • 2007 – Candy Walter of Chapel Hill  Candy purchased a massage chair for the pediatric bone marrow transplant unit at Duke Hospital.  She was a regular volunteer and others were able to use the chair as well so they didn’t have to transport equipment. (article in summer 2009)
  • 2008 – Katie Chenoweth of New Bern Katie was to purchase a massage table or reflexology chair to provide free treatments to chemotherapy patients at three cancer centers in New Bern. Three other volunteer therapists also shared the equipment. (article in summer 2009 page 4)
  • 2011 – Carolynn Bayne  Carolynn received a grant to provide therapeutic touch to patients at the Lake Norman Community Health Clinic. A select group of patients was chosen and they received TT for six weeks. (announced in summer 2011 – page 3)
  • 2012 – Kathy Howard  Kathy received a grant to provide Rossiter Therapy to small villages in India.  She oversaw and taught Indian doctors the theory and practice of Rossiter. She was openly received and the therapy was appreciated.