Friday, June 10, 2016 News From NEXT: 2015-2016 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge Raises over $350,000 for the Foundation Students from across the country were recognized during the Foundation for Physical Therapy's (Foundation) annual Gala on June 9 for their participation in the 2015-2016 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge—which for 2016-2017 will be called the VCU-Marquette Challenge. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) edged out its competitors this year to win the title, literally, as the challenge now takes on VCU's name along with Marquette University as part of the contest's tradition. VCU raised $51,242. Earning second place was Mercer University ($41,061), and coming in third was the University of Pittsburgh ($30,740). The Foundation also recognized Marquette University students for their financial commitment to the challenge in donating over $20,000. The annual challenge is a grassroots fundraising effort coordinated and carried out by physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students across the country to support the Foundation for Physical Therapy's mission. This year, a record 150 schools nationwide stepped up and participated in creative efforts to support the Foundation, raising a record $354,320. Since its inception, 235 schools have contributed to the challenge, raising over $3 million for physical therapy research. The Foundation annually awards a research grant and a Promotion of Doctoral Studies Scholarship (PODS) in the name of the challenge to deserving researchers. Since 2002, the challenge has specifically funded more than 22 research grants and scholarships, and also partially funded the $300,000 Clagett Family Research Grant in 2010. To view the complete list of participating schools visit the challenge page on the Foundation's website.