PT Students Recognized by the Foundation for Physical Therapy

July 07, 2015

PTF Foundation Award

Students raise more than $3K for physical therapy research.


Simmons College received an Honorable Mention by the Foundation for Physical Therapy for its participation in 2014-2015 Miami-Marquette Challenge, the Foundation’s signature annual fundraising effort.

As a result of a number of student-led events and activities, Simmons raised more than $3,000 for the Foundation, which provides support for physical therapy research and doctoral scholarships and fellowships.

Students organized a 5K Fun Run in the Fenway area, a PT jacket sale, and two Bowling Nights at nearby Jillian’s/Lucky Strike. Additionally, a “Penny War,” where the object is to collect the most pennies and least number of bigger coins and bills, was both a successful fundraiser and fun competition among faculty and each PT class.

Stephanie Franciose ‘15HSD and Heather Philben ‘15HSD accepted the award for Simmons at the American Physical Therapy Association’s NEXT Conference and Exposition last month in Maryland.

“It is truly an honor to be able to contribute to a foundation that impacts each Simmons PT student.” said Stephanie Franciose ‘15HSD. “We are part of a profession that truly gives back to the PT community, and advocates for and takes action towards a better future for clinicians and students everywhere. To know that the Simmons College PT program can make a difference and be recognized for contributing to this cause is inspiring. I am truly proud to be a member of a program that values the Foundation for Physical Therapy so highly and demonstrates this by the initiative and support from all students, faculty and staff.”


Photo left to right: Heather Philben ‘15HSD, Michael J. Mueller, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Vice President, Foundation for Physical Therapy, and Stephanie Franciose ‘15HSD
Photo is courtesy of David Braun Photography.