2024 Recipients of the Indiana State University Erik Dalton Scholarship


This year, two students have been selected to receive the Erik Dalton Myoskeletal Massage Therapy Endowed Scholarship at Indiana State University.

Erik Dalton partnered with Indiana State University in 2012 to create the “Advanced Myoskeletal Massage Therapy” (AMMT) program, the only minor degree in massage therapy offered by a major United States university.

To provide assistance to students and encourage other universities to follow suit, Erik Dalton has established an endowed scholarship fund. The recipients of the 2024 scholarships are Avery Pommier and Jade Johnson.

“I was impressed with Indiana State University being forward thinking in taking on a program like massage. Year after year it became more popular. I wanted to encourage other institutions in higher education to take a chance on doing this, so I thought ongoing scholarships would be a great starting point,” says Dalton.

Students from this program commonly enter into grad school programs in athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant and osteopathic medicine. The Advanced Myoskeletal Massage Therapy program gives them a solid foundation in massage and manual medicine.

You can find out more about the AMMT program and the scholarship fund here: https://erikdalton.com/indiana-state-university-scholarship-program/

Jade Johnson (scholarship recipient), Charlie Peebles (Program Instructor) and Avery Pommier (scholarship recipient)

Lets Hear from Our 2024 Scholarship Recipients...

Avery Pommier is an Applied Medicine Degree Major student, on a pre-occupational therapy track, with a minor in massage. 

I’ve had a great experience at Indiana State University with the Advanced Myoskeletal Massage Therapy program. It’s not just reading the textbooks; it’s about hands-on learning with friends, laughing, and exploring new techniques. As I aim to become an Occupational Therapist in Florida, I can see how blending massage skills with traditional therapy could really set me apart. Thanks to the scholarship I received, I’m on my way there.

Avery Pommier 

Jade Johnson is an Applied Medicine Degree Major student, on a pre-occupational therapy track, with a minor in massage.

My minor in Massage Therapy at Indiana State has provided me with some great skills. From day one, it’s all hands-on, preparing us for real-world challenges. Imagine learning a technique in class today and applying it in a clinical setting tomorrow — that’s how immediate and practical this training is. I am deeply appreciative to have the support of my instructors and Erik Dalton and to be considered for this scholarship is a real honor. I’m sure this unique experience will benefit me as I work towards becoming an Occupational Therapist!

Jade Johnson

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