The St. Catherine Challenge


    How to Give          Steps for Success         Contact Information   


The AOTF St. Catherine Challenge is a student-led initiative to support the profession of occupational therapy by raising funds for occupational therapy research grants provided by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation.

The Challenge began in September 2013 when honor society students from St. Catherine University learned the importance of using effective treatment methods that are supported by research evidence. These students were seeking to increase awareness on occupational therapy research that guides practice. They challenged OT students at universities across the United States to a take on the challenge, create their own fundraisers, engage their communities, and join together in a friendly competition in support of AOTF's mission.


A huge thank you to the 44 schools that raised over $43,000 for

AOTF Intervention Research Grants!




PLATINUM LEVEL $5,000-$7,499


GOLD LEVEL $2,500-$4,999

MVP Awardee



SILVER LEVEL $1,000-$2,499

Texas Woman's University - RUSH to the Top Awardee
University of North Dakota
 West Coast University
 Boston University
 Medical University of South Carolina
The University of Findlay


BRONZE LEVEL $500-$999

 New York University
 Nova Southeastern University - Tampa
 Sacred Heart University
San Jose State University
Texas Tech University 
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
University of Pittsburgh
University of Scranton
Virginia Commonwealth University 



Brenau University
The College of St. Scholastica
Colorado State University
Creighton University
D'Youville University
Indiana State University
Louisiana State University HSC, New Orleans
MGH Institute of Health Professions

Northern Arizona University
Pennsylvania State University, Shenango Campus
Rockhurst University
Saint Louis University
Salus University
Spalding University
Stony Brook University
University of Central Arkansas
University of Mary

University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of Oklahoma HSC
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee HSC
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
University of the Sciences

Updated 4/1/17


Join the St. Catherine Challenge! 

Don't see your school listed above? Submit your pledge to participate today! All OT and OTA programs are eligible to participate in the St. Catherine Challenge.


These schools have pledged the St. Catherine Challenge for 2018. Thank you!

Boston University
Brown Mackie College-Boise
Columbia University
Creighton University
Louisiana State University HSC New Orleans
MGH Institute of Health Professions
Misericordia University
New York University
Nova Southeastern University - Tampa
Rush University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Louis University
San Jose State University
St. Catherine University
Stony Brook University
Temple University
Texas Woman's University - Dallas
University of Central Arkansas
The University of Findlay
University of New England
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
University of North Dakota
University of Oklahoma HSC
University of Scranton
University of South Dakota
University of Texas at El Paso
University of Tennessee HSC
University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse
Washington University in St. Louis 
West Coast University

How to Give:

  • Donate online: Click on Donate and add "St. Catherine Challenge" and the name of your participating school in the Remarks section.
  • Donate by mail: Make checks payable to AOTF and mail with a Donation Form below to:
             AOTF/St. Catherine Challenge
             4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 202

             Bethesda, MD  20814

*If you would like your donation to be applied to a particular school, please include the school name on the memo line. We kindly request that you send donations with a completed donation form. 

  • Donate by phone:

             Monday to Friday (9:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)


The tax-deductible donations raised by the St. Catherine Challenge are used exclusively to fund and promote research into occupational therapy and thus advance the science of everyday living. Matching funds may be available based on university location and donors. 


Steps for Success

Thank you for leading the St. Catherine Challenge at your school! Below are resources to kick start your fundraising and take your school to the next level. 


Donations for the 2018 St. Catherine Challenge are due March 14, 2018.


Contact Information

Email:   StCatherineChallenge@aotf.org

Phone:  240.292.1077

Fax:      240.396.6188

Address:   AOTF/St. Catherine Challenge

     4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 202

     Bethesda, MD  20814