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.

Mid-Campaign Update: Top Leading Schools in the St. Catherine Challenge

The top 3 St. Catherine Challenge schools who received the most donations as of early December are:

1.) St. Catherine University
2.) Alvernia University*
3.) University of Florida

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 

Challenge Ends February 28, 2022: 
Be sure to include the name of your participating school.

  • OR Team fundraiser pages set up through each school
  • Donate by mail: Make checks payable to AOTF, include school name on memo line and mail with a Donation Form so your school receives credit to:

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

  • 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.

2022 Participating Schools


Alvernia University *
Boston University
Brenau University
California State University, Dominguez Hills *
College of St. Mary *
College of St. Scholastica
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Creighton University
Drake University *
East Carolina University
Elizabethtown College *
Florida International University
Gannon University-Florida *
Gwynedd Mercy University
Indiana State University
Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Lewis University *
Mary Baldwin University
Methodist University *
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Misericordia University
Missouri State University
New York University
Rockhurst University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Catherine University
Saint Louis University
Salus University
San Jose State University
Spalding University
Stanbridge University
Temple University *
Texas Tech University
Texas Woman's University
The Ohio State University
Thomas Jefferson University
Touro College, School of Health Sciences, Long Island, NY *
Touro University-Nevada *
Towson University
Tufts University
University of Buffalo, SUNY *
University of Central Arkansas
University of Florida
University of Kansas Medical Center *
University of Louisiana - Monroe
University of Mary
University of Michigan-Flint *
University of Mississippi Medical Center *
University of Missouri *
University of New England
University of North Dakota
University of New Hampshire
University of Oklahoma
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Dakota
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Univeristy of Washington*
Virginia Commonwealth University
Washington University in St. Louis
West Coast University
*Indicates first-time participants.

Steps for Success Toolkit:


AOTF Prize Pack Winner

Congratulations to Elizabethtown College! As a first-time participating school they were selected to receive AOTF Prize Packs for each of their team members!


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.


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


Past Challenge Award Winners:


SCC Participants 2021
San Jose State University