Doctoral students from UD's Physical Therapy program organized a variety of events throughout the year, such as this Family Fun Day, to raise money for the Foundation for Physical Therapy. The fundraising effort suports scholarships, fellowships and grants.

Meeting the challenge

UD Physical Therapy students win recognition for fundraising efforts


5:30 p.m., June 3, 2015--Doctoral students from the University of Delaware Physical Therapy (UDPT) program have won the Award of Excellence in the 2014-15 Miami-Marquette Challenge, in honor of their fundraising efforts for the Foundation for Physical Therapy

UDPT students raised more than $15,000 to earn the Award of Excellence, an honor given to the top three PT programs from a nationwide field of 146 PT programs.

Honors Stories

National Medal of Science

President Barack Obama recently presented the National Medal of Science to University of Delaware alumnus Rakesh Jain.

Warren Award

Rosalind Johnson, assistant dean for student success in the NUCLEUS Program in UD's College of Arts and Sciences, was presented the John Warren Excellence in Leadership and Service Award during a May 26 ceremony.

Erica Sadiq, senior specialist for annual giving and special events for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, said, “The money raised by students at the University of Delaware and by PT/PTA students across the nation through the annual Marquette Challenge supports scholarships, fellowships and grants to expand the cadre of physical therapist researchers dedicated to advancing patient care. The Challenge has specifically funded over 20 researchers.”

UD students held events throughout the year to raise money for the Challenge, including a Family Fun Day, Pizza Days, Mini CPR Kit Fundraiser, Clothing Sale, EMR Recertification Course, UD Creamery Fundraiser, Jeans Day and a fundraising night at Klondike Kate’s. 

The students also offered the Rent-a-PT program in which community members could hire PT students for home maintenance, yardwork and other projects with all proceeds going toward the Challenge. 

UD's Physical Therapy program also earned two additional honors:

• The Biggest Stretch Award, for the greatest increase in funds raised since last year’s Challenge with an increase of more than $10,000; and

• Membership in the Philanthropy Circle-Cornerstone Society, in recognition of cumulative fundraising efforts of more than $58,000 in the past 14 years of participation in the Challenge.

“We are very proud of our students’ amazing accomplishments both in and outside of the classroom and clinic,” said Gregory Hicks, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at UD.  “I recently had the honor of chairing the Scientific Review Committee for the foundation and can say with confidence that the funds raised will go toward meaningful research in our field.”

More than 80 students from the DPT Classes of 2015 and 2016 participated in the fundraising efforts. Class representatives will be recognized for their philanthropic efforts at the Foundation for Physical Therapy Gala during the APTA NEXT Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland, on Thursday, June 4. 

“We greatly appreciate the role that students at the University of Delaware continue to play in helping emerging researchers embark on a research-focused career path,” Sadiq said. 

News Media Contact

University of Delaware
Communications and Public Affairs

UDaily is produced by
Communications and Public Affairs

The Academy Building
105 East Main Street
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716 | USA
Phone: (302) 831-2792