The St. Catherine Challenge






The St. Catherine Challenge is a student-led initiative to build the profession of occupational therapy through raising funds for Intervention Research Grants in support of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation's mission


The Challenge began in September 2013 when honor society students from St. Catherine University learned the importance of using effective treatment methods that are supported by research evidence. These students were seeking to increase awareness on occupational therapy research that guides practice. They challenged OT students at universities across the United States to a friendly competition in support of the AOTF Intervention Research Grants program. Last year, over eight IRGs were awarded, totaling over $347,000.


Schools of occupational therapy across the nation take on the challenge, create their own fundraisers, engage their communities in the effort and come together at the annual AOTA conference to cheer the cause.

The tax-deductible donations raised by the St. Catherine Challenge are used exclusively to fund and promote research into occupational therapy and thus advance the science of everyday living. matching funds may be available based on university location and donors. 

The following schools have made the commitment to help fund OT research!

Boston University
College of Saint Mary
College of St. Scholastica
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Creighton University
Erie Community College - North Campus
Florida International University
Indiana State University
Louisiana State University
Misericordia University 
New York University
Northern Arizona University
Nova Southeastern University
Rockhurst University
Rush University
Saint Louis University
Salus University
San Jose University
Spalding University
St. Catherine University
Tufts University
University of Findlay
University of Illinois - Chicago
University of North Dakota
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee Health Science Center 
University of Toledo
University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University

Updated 1/20/2016


Join the St. Catherine Challenge! 

Don't see your school listed above? It's not too late to submit your pledge today! All OT and OTA programs are eligible to participate in the St. Catherine Challenge. 

How to Give:

  • Donate online: Click on Donate and add "St. Catherine Challenge" and the name of your preferred institution in the Remarks section.
  • Donate by mail: Make checks payable to AOTF and mail with Donation Form below to:
             AOTF/St. Catherine Challenge
             4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 202

             Bethesda, MD  20814

*If you would like your donation to be applied to a particular school, please include the school name on the memo line. We kindly request that you send donations with a completed donation form

  • Donate by phone:

             Monday to Friday (10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time)


Remember, all donations must be received by March 11, 2016 to be applied to the 2016 St. Catherine Challenge!

Resources for School Coordinators

Thank you for taking charge of the St. Catherine Challenge at your school! Below are some resources to kick-start your fundraising and take your school to the next level. 


Contact Information


Phone:  240.292.1077

Fax:      240.396.6188

Address:   AOTF/St. Catherine Challenge

     4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 202

     Bethesda, MD  20814