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Students Give Forward to the Physical Therapy Profession

The Marquette Challenge is a grassroots, student-led fundraising effort that supports the mission of the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research
(FPTR). Each year, hundreds of physical therapist (PT) and physical therapist assistant (PTA) students, with the support of their program directors and community, hold fundraising events across the United States.

COVID-Related Changes for a Decades-Long Tradition

Over the past 30 years, more than 300 schools and thousands of PT and PTA students have participated in the Marquette Challenge, raising more than $4.3 million for research. The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research depends on these funds to award grants, scholarships, and fellowships. Today, our student fundraisers are more important to our mission than ever.

Thank you, students, for moving forward to raise funds for research through virtual events, online fundraisers, and other creative ways to connect with research.

  • Due to the COVID 19 crisis, the 2019-2020 VCU-Marquette Challenge was suspended and no winners were announced. All funds raised in 2019-2020 will be added to 2020-2021 totals.

  • All donations for the VCU-Marquette Challenge must be received by the May 17, 2021 deadline.

  • Questions? Contact Lynn Mehaffy at

WATCH NOW: New Graduates Entering the Profession Event

This event was hosted by the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research with guest speakers, FPTR Trustee Terry Brown, PT, DPTJeanine Gunn, PT, DPT, and past Marquette Challenge coordinator, Haley Naegeli, PT, DPT.

Get your school on "the List" of Challenge schools that support physical therapy research!

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