Physical Therapy Students Recognized for Participation in VCU-Marquette Challenge

Physical Therapy students received the Award of Excellence and were inducted into the Cornerstone Society of the annual fundraising challenge.

Physical Therapy Students Recognized for Participation in VCU-Marquette Challenge click to enlarge Doctor of Physical Therapy students Hannah Leshin (left) and Molly Miller (center) accepted the awards.

The Foundation for Physical Therapy presented students in UNC-Chapel Hill’s physical therapy program with the Award of Excellence and induction into the Cornerstone Society of the Marquette Challenge Philanthropy Circle for the 2016-2017 VCU-Marquette Challenge.

UNC received the Award of Excellence for raising more than $10,000, which is their highest annual total to date. UNC was also inducted into the Cornerstone Society for their total donation of over $50,000 throughout 14 years of participation in the Challenge.

Doctor of Physical Therapy students Hannah Leshin and Molly Miller accepted the awards on behalf of the class of 2017 at APTA’s NEXT Conference and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts on June 22. They credited their success to their annual fundraising golf tournament and thanked the tournament’s faculty adviser Mike McMorris for his continued support and mentorship. 

Students from 146 schools gathered at the Conference, where they celebrated a total of $340,986 raised through the Challenge that will support physical therapy research.

“It has been incredible to witness the continued support and commitment physical therapist students show towards their future profession and the Foundation,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA. “Their efforts generously support research grants and scholarships that are so important to the field of physical therapy to progress.”

The Challenge is the largest annual student-driven fundraising effort for the Foundation of Physical Therapy. The money, raised by physical therapy students from across the country, helps fund scholarships and grants that advance patient care. Since the Challenge’s inception in 1989, 269 participating schools have raised $3.7 million for physical therapy research.

Over the past 38 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships, and post-professional doctoral scholarships to more than 590 emerging scientists.