Physical Therapy Students from University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences Recognized by Foundation for Physical Therapy

Students from the University’s Austin campus awarded “Most Creative Fundraiser” for their Mardi Gras-themed Crawfish Broil.

 Austin, TX, July 26, 2017 – University of St. Augustine Health Sciences (USAHS), a leading graduate institution that emphasizes health science education through innovative classroom education, is proud to announce that physical therapy students from the university’s Austin campus have been recognized by The Foundation for Physical Therapy. The organization presented the students with the Most Creative Fundraiser Award for the 2016-2017 VCU-Marquette Challenge. The students hosted a Mardi Gras-themed Crawfish Boil with classmates from Louisiana. All ticket proceeds went towards the Challenge and attendees were able to enjoy great company and food.

Physical therapist and physical therapist assistant students from across the country were recognized for their fundraising efforts through the 2016-2017 VCU-Marquette Challenge at APTA’s NEXT Conference and Exposition in Boston, MA. Top fundraising schools were announced during the Challenge Awards Luncheon. Students from 146 schools raised $340,986 to support physical therapy research.

“It has been incredible to witness the continued support and commitment physical therapist students show towards their future profession and the Foundation,” said Foundation Board of Trustees President, Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA. “Their efforts generously support research grants and scholarships that are so important for the field of physical therapy to progress. The students’ dedication and enthusiasm helps make our work possible. Thank you to all of the faculty who emphasize the importance of physical therapy research and continue to encourage students to go above and beyond when participating in the Challenge.”

The Challenge is the largest annual student-driven fundraising effort for the Foundation for Physical Therapy. The money raised by PT and PTA students helps fund scholarships and grants that advance patient care. Additionally the Challenge also supports the rigorous scientific review process for all Foundation grants and scholarships. Since its inception in 1989, 269 schools have participated in raising over $3.7 million for physical therapy research.

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About the Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Foundation for Physical Therapy was established in 1979 as a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of physical therapy care by providing support for scientifically based and clinically relevant physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

Over the past 38 years, the Foundation has awarded more than $17 million in research grants, fellowships, and post-professional doctoral scholarships to more than 590 emerging scientists. Foundation-funded researchers have gone on to receive an estimated $753 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Many of today’s leading and emerging physical therapist researchers, clinicians, and academicians began their career with a grant or scholarship from the Foundation.

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About University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS)

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) is a graduate institution that offers degree programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, education and health science, as well as continuing education programs. Founded in 1979, USAHS has locations in San Marcos, California; St. Augustine, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Miami, Florida. USAHS is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. USAHS is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that comprise the Laureate International Universities network. For more information about USAHS visit


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