Miami Avoids Being Knocked Out of First Place in Annual Miami-Marquette Challenge

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    Students from across the country were recognized during the Foundation's annual gala on Thursday evening for their participation in the 2013-2014 Miami-Marquette Challenge.

    The challenge is an annual grassroots fundraising effort coordinated and carried out by physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students to support the Foundation for Physical Therapy's mission.

    This year, 110 schools nationwide participated in creative efforts to support the Foundation. In addition to competing schools, Marquette University confirmed its financial commitment to the challenge in donating $20,000. The total raised was $219,716.

    Funds raised through the Miami-Marquette Challenge contribute to the rigorous and high-quality peer-reviewed process that results in the awarding of all Foundation scholarships and grants. Additionally, the challenge supports an annual $40,000 research grant and a Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS I) scholarship of $7,500 to physical therapist researchers. Since 2002, the challenge has specifically funded more than 20 research grants and scholarships, and also partially funded the $300,000 Clagett Family Research Grant in 2010.

     

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2013-2014 Miami-Marquette Challenge:

    First Place - University of Miami

    Second Place - University of Pittsburgh

    Third Place - Sacred Heart University

    Award of Excellence (Schools donating $10,000 or more)
    New York University
    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Award of Merit (Schools donating $6,000 or more)
    University of Colorado

    Honorable Mention (Schools donating $3,000 or more)
    Arcadia University
    Boston University
    Emory University
    Mayo School of Health Sciences
    MCPHS University
    MGH Institute of Health Professions
    Northeastern University
    Northwestern University
    Somerset Community College
    The University of Iowa
    University at Buffalo, State University of New York
    University of Delaware
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
    University of Southern California
    Washington University in St Louis

    Special Awards

    Most Successful PT Newcomer
    Wingate University

    Most Successful PTA Newcomer
    Ivy Tech Community College – Northwest

    Biggest Stretch School
    Virginia Commonwealth University

    Most Creative Fundraiser
    The Ohio State University

    Most Successful PTA School
    Somerset Community College

    The complete list of participating schools is posted on the Foundation for Physical Therapy website.

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