Monday, June 19, 2017

SLU PT Student Uses Scholarship to Pay it Forward

Service Trip Spotlight - Pay it Forward
by Claire Kelly (DPT Class of 2018)

The Cavallo Scholarship has had a major impact on my time here at SLU, because it has allowed me to go on the Pay it Forward spring break trip multiple times. On these trips I was able to meet new people at SLU and across the country and was able to serve a variety of different communities across the United States. Without the Cheryl Cavallo Scholarship, financing the trips would have been very difficult; I am forever grateful that I received this scholarship opportunity, and I encourage all those who are thinking about applying to do so! 

There are two ways to help support the Cheryl L. Cavallo Memorial Scholarship Fund. You may participate in the 16th Annual Hustle for Your Health 5K (register here) or donate directly to the fund. The Annual Hustle for Your Health 5K is in memory of Cheryl Cavallo, a long time faculty member in the Program in Physical Therapy who lost her courageous battle to cancer in 2013.  She served as the faculty mentor for the Program in Physical Therapy Student Council for 22 years and tirelessly coordinated this event for 11 years.  She lived the Jesuit mission everyday by giving back to those less fortunate.  All proceeds from the memorial fundraiser will benefit the Cheryl Cavallo Memorial Scholarship to help defray travel costs for students wishing to pursue health care related domestic or international mission trips. For more information, or if you are interested in sponsoring the event, contact Michelle Cohen at

Cheryl L. Cavallo, PT, Ph.D.
This is one of a series of posts by the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy students who have utilized the Cheryl L. Cavallo Memorial Scholarship to finance their service trips. Service is an integral part of the Saint Louis University experience. SLU  is currently #4 on Washington Monthly’s list of universities who participate most in community service. To learn more about service at SLU, visit the Center for Service and Community Engagement website at  

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