Students from PT and PTA programs in Ohio were among students from 146 schools that participated in the 2016-2017 VCU-Marquette Challenge, raising $340,986, with a record number of returning schools. Since its inception in 1989, 269 schools have participated in the Marquette Challenge and have raised a cumulative total of $3.7 million for the Foundation.
The Foundation wishes to thank physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students of The Ohio State University and Youngstown State University for raising
$5,435 in support of the Challenge. The success of the Challenge would not be possible without their contribution. Notably, The Ohio State University received Honorable Mention, raising $3,139.
This year’s top fundraisers include:
· 1st Place: Mercer University
· 2nd Place: Virginia Commonwealth University
· 3rd Place: University of Pittsburgh
As the top fundraiser, Mercer University earned first place by raising $45,220. Mercer University will serve as co-host and won naming rights for next year's Mercer-Marquette Challenge, which is currently underway.
The Challenge annually supports grants, scholarships and the rigorous peer review process which results in the awarding of all Foundation scholarships and grants.
Michael Borich, DPT, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University, is the recipient of the $40,000 VCU- Marquette Challenge Research Grant. His 1-year project, "Targeted Neuromodulation of Abnormal Interhemispheric Connectivity to Promote Neural Plasticity and Recovery of Arm Function After Stroke," will study the ability of ihPAS, a promising non-invasive brain stimulation approach, to target a critical pathway contributing to arm dysfunction and persistent disability in stroke. The Challenge also funded a PODS I Scholarship in 2017, which was awarded to Jacob J. Capin, BS, MS, DPT, University of Delaware. His research focuses on better understanding and treating anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries.
The Marquette Challenge is the signature annual fundraising initiative of the Foundation, raising more funds each year than any other Foundation activity. The Challenge is coordinated and carried out by physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students across the country. Students organize grassroots fundraisers ontheir campuses and in their local communities that raise awareness for and benefit the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Since its inception, the Challenge has funded over 22 research grants and scholarships.