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Thanks to all the 2020 participating schools for raising over $54,000 to support OT research!

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 2021 with funds raised by students.

AOTFSCC 2020

Steps for Success

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

Support the Challenge 

  • 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.

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 (2020)
  • December- $100 Conference Travel Reimbursement- University of Florida (2020)
  • January- 2 Tickets to the State of the Science Symposium- University of Southern California (2020)

Contact

StCatherineChallenge@aotf.org
240-292-1077
AOTF/St. Catherine Challenge
12300 Twinbrook Pkwy., Suite 520
Rockville, MD 20852