The St. Catherine Challenge

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Official Hashtag: #AOTFSCC

Congrats to the University of Florida for raising the most money in the month of December!

Our participating schools have raised close to $15,000 but we need your help to reach our target goal of $60,000.



What is the St. Catherine Challenge?

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.

GOAL for 2020: $50,000

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 2021 with funds raised by students.

The 2020 Challenge runs until February 17, 2020 so support your alma mater and OT research with a gift today! 

Support The Challenge
  • Donate online: Click on Donate and select "St. Catherine Challenge" from the Fund menu. 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.

Schools Participating in the 2020 St. Catherine's Challenge

Don't see your school listed below? Submit your pledge to participate today! All OT and OTA programs are eligible to participate in the St. Catherine Challenge.

Boston University Brenau University
Colorado State University Columbia University
Creighton University D’Youville College
East Carolina University Eastern Michigan
Findlay University Florida International University 
Florida Gulf Coast University Indiana University
Indiana State University Long Island University- Brooklyn 
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans 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  Rush University
Sacred Heart University  
Saint Louis University Salus University
San Jose State University Spalding University
St. Catherine University  Stanbridge University
Temple University Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Texas Woman’s University – Dallas The College of St. Scholastica
Touro University Nevada Towson University
University of Florida  University of Mary
University of Missouri University of New England
University of New Hampshire University of North Dakota
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center University of Pittsburgh 
University of the Sciences  University of Scranton
University of South Dakota University of Southern California 
University of Tennessee Health Science Center University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston 
Virginia Commonwealth University  Washington University
Xavier University  



Challenge Awards

AOTF recognizes the outstanding fundraising efforts of the students and their schools with a number of 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 veteran school that went above and beyond in this year’s Challenge

  • 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 with three monthly prizes for the top fundraising schools:

  • November- $100 Conference Travel Reimbursement- University of Pittsburgh
  • December- $100 Conference Travel Reimbursement
  • January- 2 Tickets to the State of the Science Symposium
Steps for Success

Thank you for leading the St. Catherine Challenge at your school! Below are resources to kick start your fundraising and take your school to the next level. 

Donations for the 2020 St. Catherine Challenge are due February 17, 2020.

SCC 2019 winners

Contact Information

Email:       StCatherineChallenge@aotf.org
Phone:      240.292.1077
Fax:           240.396.6188
Address:   AOTF/St. Catherine Challenge
                  12300 Twinbrook Pkwy., Suite 520
                  Rockville, MD  20852