Support the St. Catherine Challenge

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Official Hashtag: #AOTFSCC



The AOTF St. Catherine Challenge is a national student-led fundraising initiative to support occupational therapy research grants awarded by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

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 of occupational therapy research that guides practice. They challenged OT students at universities across the United States to a take on the challenge, create their own fundraisers, engage their communities, and join together in a friendly competition in support of AOTF's mission.

AOTF awards Intervention Research Grants (IRGs) to provide early-stage research funding to OT investigators that enable them to collect pilot data and build proof of concept for new and novel ideas. This one-year research grant of $50,000 is essential first-round funding necessary to collect and analyze data, publish findings, apply for larger grants, and conduct future studies. IRGs are the first step to improving the delivery of quality care. It is the goal of this year’s Challenge to fully fund 1 IRG in 2022 with funds raised by students.

Support the Challenge 

Deadline is March 1, 2021: 
Be sure to include the name of your participating school in the text box below.

  • Donate by mail: Make checks payable to AOTF and mail with a Donation Form below to:

AOTF/St. Catherine Challenge
12300 Twinbrook Pkwy., Suite 520
Rockville, MD  20852

*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:
    • 240-292-1077
    • Monday to Friday (9:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)

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. See Disclosures.

Participating Schools

Brenau University
Boston University
Columbia University
Creighton University
East Carolina University
Florida International University
Georgia State University
Gwynedd Mercy University
Indiana University
Indiana State University
Mary Baldwin University
Medical University of South Carolina
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Misericordia University
Missouri State University
New York University
Northern Arizona University
Nova Southeastern University - Tampa Campus
Sacred Heart University
Saint Louis University
Salus University
San Jose State University
Spalding University
Rockhurst University
Russell Sage College
Stanbridge University
St. Catherine University
The College of St. Scholastica
Temple University
Texas Tech
Texas Woman's University – Dallas
Texas Woman's University
Towson University
Tufts University
University of Central Arkansas
University of Florida
University of Illinois-Chicago
University of Louisiana - Monroe
University of Mary
University of North Dakota
University of Scranton
University of South Dakota
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston
University of New England
University of Pittsburgh
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University in St. Louis

Steps for Success

Thank you for leading the St. Catherine Challenge at your school! 


We love that we have the opportunity to support OT research through the St. Catherine Challenge this year and are excited to be working alongside other OT programs across the country to reach our national fundraising goal.

- San Jose State University, 2020 St. Catherine Challenge Grand Winner (Left, with Misericordia University and Mary Baldwin University)



SCC Participants

Challenge Awards

1st Place - President’s Award

  • 4 Tickets to AOTF’s Breakfast with a Scholar and picture with the BWS speaker
  • 2 Tickets to AOTF VIP Reception
  • Plaque for the school

2nd Place - Award of Excellence

  • 4 tickets to AOTF’s Breakfast with a Scholar and picture with the BWS speaker
  • 2 tickets to State of the Science Symposium
  • Plaque for the school

3rd Place - Award of Merit

  • 2 tickets to AOTF’s Breakfast with a Scholar and picture with the BWS speaker
  • 2 tickets to the SOS Symposium

MVP- Recognizes a school that went above and beyond in this year’s Challenge. A top factor will be the school that uses the #AOTFSCC the most.

  • Plaque for the school and picture with the BWS speaker

Rush to the Top- Recognizes the most successful first-time participating school

  • Plaque for the school and picture with the BWS speaker

In addition to the overall Challenge winners, AOTF recognizes school’s successes during the Challenge:
Top Monthly Fundraising School: November- University of Pittsburgh with $5,000; December- Washington University-St. Louis with $1,257; January: tbd

Top Fundraising Schools to Date for 2021 Campaign:
1. University of Pittsburgh
2. University of Florida
3. University of Washington St. Louis
4. St. Catherine’s University
5. MGH Institution of Health Professionals
6. Indiana University
7. San Jose State University
8. Texas Woman’s University
9. University of Illinois-Chicago
10. University of Southern California


AOTF/St. Catherine Challenge
12300 Twinbrook Pkwy., Suite 520
Rockville, MD 20852