The Dianne Polseno Student Scholarship Fund

Published: May 22, 2012

On May 12, 2012 the massage profession lost a giant. Dianne Polseno passed away after an 8 month battle with cancer.

Dianne was a nurse, massage therapist, addictions counselor, teacher, anatomist, writer, author, mentor and friend. Trained at Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, she stayed from 1990 to 2006 as an instructor and then Director of Education. She moved on to became the Director of Education at Cortiva-Boston, and quickly rose to become the President of that campus.

Dianne Polseno

Dianne wrote the Ethics column for the Massage Therapy Journal for many years, taught all over the country, and was a regular fixture at the AMTA New England Regional Conference. She was a champion for massage students, practitioners and the profession as a whole.

An incredibly passionate educator, Dianne simply loved to teach. In 2006, that passion was rewarded with the AMTA's prestigious Jerome Perlinski National Teacher of the Year.

So many massage therapists, clients and teachers benefited from her knowledge throughout her life, we at the AMTA MA Chapter think it is fitting to honor her memory with an annual Student Scholarship award in her name. Even better, we are giving you the opportunity to honor her memory by contributing.

Each year at our annual meeting, the scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a Massachusetts resident and a currently enrolled student in a school licensed in Massachusetts, and who completes the application process. Application Information may be found on our website,, beginning January 1 for that year’s award.

Dianne gave so much to so many of us personally and to our profession, we would like to keep on giving and look forward to honoring a student with this scholarship in her name.