Support the St. Catherine Challenge


Official Hashtag: #AOTFSCC



AOTF St. Catherine Challenge

Thanks to all the 2023 St. Catherine Challenge Participating Schools!

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. 

2023 St. Catherine Results

100% Faculty Participation (as of 03/13/23):

  • Towson University
  • Yeshiva University*
  • St. Joseph's University
  • Missouri State University
  • Gwynedd Mercy University

Check out #AOTFSCC:


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Congrats to Cedar Crest College!  As a first-time participating school that signed-up by Sept. 16, they were randomly selected to recieve AOTF Prize Packs for each of their team members.* 


Participating schools (as of 2/23/23):

Alvernia University
Baylor University*
Boston University
California State University Dominguez Hills
Cedar Crest College*
Columbia University
Colorado State University
Creighton University
Drake University
East Carolina University
Elizabethtown College
Florida International University
Gwynedd Mercy University
Howard University*
Huntington University*
Indiana State University
Mary Baldwin University
Methodist University
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Misericordia University
Missouri State University
New York University
Northern Arizona University
NOVA Southeastern University
Sacred Heart University
Salus University
Spalding University
St. Catherine University
St. Joseph’s University
St. Louis University
Stanbridge University
Temple University
Texas Tech Health Science Center
Texas Woman’s University
The Ohio State University
Thomas Jefferson University
Towson University
Tufts University
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Central Arkansas
University of Findlay
University of Florida
University of Illinois Chicago
University of Mary
University of Pittsburgh
University of Michigan-Flint
University of Missouri
University of North Dakota
University of South Dakota
University of Southern California
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences-Miami
University of Texas Medical Branch
University of Wisconsin-Madison*
Washington University in St. Louis
Yeshiva University*
*Indicates first-time participating schools.

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 2023 with funds raised by students.

Support the Challenge 

2023 Challenge Ended March 13, 2023: 
Be sure to include the name of your participating school.

  • Donate online (preferred method due to our limited non-profit staff resources)
  • 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.

Steps for Success Sample Toolkit:

  • Pledge to Participate: Apply online for 2023 Challenge 
  • Attend AOTFSCC Tips for Success Meeting in September (presentation slides available and recording will be available on demand) 
  • Set a fundraising goal and a donation page on our official Challenge campaign site via Just Giving. It's easy- set-up your page, personalize it, access real-time totals and rankings, plus share directly to social media and email.
  • Spread the word to students, faculty, friends and family: 
  • Share your success with AOTF so we can show your committment to evidence-based OT practice
  • Have Fun!!!

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:

  • Mid-Challenge Top 5 
  • 100% Faculty Participation (as of 01/05/23)
    • Towson University

      * First-Time Participating Schools Drawing will be held Sept. 19th, up to 8 packs per winning team, prizes subject to change. 






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



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


Past Challenge Award Winners:

1st Place- St. Catherine University
2nd Place- University of Pittsburgh
3rd Place- University of Southern California
MVP- Brenau University
Rush to the Top- Alvernia University 

1st Place- University of Pittsburgh
2nd Place- Washington University in St. Louis
3rd Place- NYU Steinhardt
MVP- MGH Health Institution of Health Professions
Rush to the Top- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

1st Place- San Jose State University