Physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students from across the country were recognized for their fundraising efforts at the 2019 NEXT Conference. Students from more than 150 schools joined forces this school year to raise $266,019 for physical therapy research. Funds raised through the annual Pitt-Marquette Challenge go towards physical therapy research grants and scholarships and support the rigorous scientific review process that helps the Foundation identify the most promising new investigators. Since 2002, 27 research grants and scholarships have been awarded in the name of the Challenge.
The top 3 fundraising schools for the 2018-2019 Pitt-Marquette Challenge were Virginia Commonwealth University ($34,327), the University of Pittsburgh ($22,648), and the University of Delaware ($18,323).
Awards of Excellence were presented to New York University, Sacred Heart University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Miami for raising more than $10,000 each.
Awards of Merit were presented to Boston University, Emory University, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and the University of Colorado who raised more than $6,000 each.
The annual Pitt- Marquette Challenge is a student-led fundraiser to benefit the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research.