Thursday, June 24, 2021

SLU PT Students Recognized by the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research at the 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony

Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy Students Receive National Recognition for their Contribution to the VCU-Marquette Challenge

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) awarded the Saint Louis University Program in Physical Therapy students with an Honorable Mention for their efforts to support the Foundation through the 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 VCU-Marquette Challenge. Altogether, the SLU Program in Physical Therapy raised over $4,000 in donations.

The SLU Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA) created the inaugural event Billikens Impacting the Future to raise funds for the VCU-Marquette Challenge benefiting the Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. The three-part event, featuring alumni and faculty from SLU's Program in Physical Therapy, examined the life-changing impacts of physical therapy research. Each speaker discussed their own research and its potential implications while highlighting needs for future physical therapy research. 

To learn more about SLU PTSA's fundraising goal, make a gift or check the fundraising progress, please click here. Thank you to Erin Hmiel and Delaney Walker, Vice-Presidents of Philanthropy in the SLU Physical Therapy Student Association (PTSA), for representing SLU at the FPTR Award Ceremony.
Top fundraising schools, like Saint Louis University, were announced on June 23, 2021, at the Foundation's 2021 Awards Ceremony. FPTR Trustee and PT Pintcast podcaster Jimmy McKay, PT, DPT, hosted the event with special guests. The FPTR announced all winners live during their broadcast. For a list of all schools recognized during the ceremony, check out the Foundation's latest news.
The Marquette Challenge unites PT & PTA students from across the country in a singular effort to raise money for the FPTR and their awardees. Since its founding in 1989, thousands of students have helped raise over $4.4 million through the Marquette Challenge to support the mission of the FPTR. Learn more about the Marquette Challenge at
The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research is a national, independent nonprofit organization conferring grants, scholarships, and fellowships to leading researchers in the field. For over 40 years the Foundation has relied on the donations of individuals and institutions to fund scientifically based and clinically relevant research initiatives. Their mission is to shape the future of healthcare through physical therapy research. Incorporated as a charitable organization in 1979, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in grants, fellowships, and scholarships to nearly 600 researchers. Learn more about the Foundation's investments in the physical therapy profession at

Story by Kristin Hrasky

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