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MO Students Help Break Record in Marquette Challenge

Thursday, November 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Carol Kemna
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Missouri PT & PTA Students Help Break Record in 2016 Fundraising Challenge

By: McKayla Figueroa, SPT


Students from PT & PTA programs in Missouri were among students from 150 schools that participated in the record-breaking 2015-2016 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge, raising $354,320, the highest annual total in the history of the fundraiser. Since its inception in 1989, 264 schools have participated in the Marquette Challenge and have raised a cumulative total of $3.3 million for the Foundation.


The Foundation wishes to thank the physical therapy and physical therapist assistant students of Maryville University of Saint Louis, Mineral Area College - Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center, Rockhurst University, Saint Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis for raising $7,116 in support of the Challenge. Notably, Washington University in St. Louis received Honorable Mention for raising more than $3,000.


This year’s top fundraisers include:

  • 1st Place: Virginia Commonwealth University

  • 2nd Place: Mercer University

  • 3rd Place: University of Pittsburgh


As the top fundraiser, Virginia Commonwealth University will serve as co-host for the 2016-2017 VCU-Marquette Challenge, which is underway.


The Challenge annually supports grants, scholarships and the rigorous peer review process which results in the awarding of all Foundation scholarships and grants. Karin Grävare Silbernagel, PT, PhD, ATC an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware, is the recipient of the 2015 Pittsburgh-Marquette Research Grant. Her project will examine Achilles tendon ruptures and the evaluation of their recovery. The Challenge also funded a PODS I Scholarship in 2016, which was awarded to Allison Gustavson (Kosir), PT, DPT of the University of Colorado - Anschutz Medical Campus.


Faculty and students of PT and PTA programs in the state of Missouri are encouraged to visit the Foundation’s Web site at to learn how they can support the Foundation for Physical Therapy and physical therapy research through the VCU-Marquette Challenge. Contributions for the 2016-2017 VCU-Marquette Challenge should be submitted by the April 27th, 2017 deadline. Donations are tax deductible and can be made online at or sent to its headquarters at 1111 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA 22314.


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