Sheila Schindler-Ivens

Schindler-Ivens wins national award

News release courtesy of the Foundation for Physical Therapy

The Foundation for Physical Therapy is proud to announce that Sheila Schindler-Ivens, PT, Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2011 Robert C. Bartlett Innovation in Fundraising Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Schindler-Ivens at the Foundation’s “National Treasures Gala” on June 9, 2011, during APTA’s Annual Conference at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland.

“Sheila has actively advocated for the Foundation and its mission by helping the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, the Marquette Challenge, reach new heights as a student coordinator and now as co-advisor,” said Foundation Board of Trustees Chair William G. Boissonnault, PT, DPT, DHSc, FAPTA, FAAOMPT.

The award is named for Robert C. Bartlett, PT, MA, FAPTA, a loyal chair and Board of Trustees member during the Foundation’s early years, providing structure and guidance to what became a leading organization in the funding of physical therapy research. The award is presented annually to a group or individual for demonstrating leadership, creativity, and initiative to develop, coordinate, and execute an innovative fundraising activity to benefit the Foundation.

“It was a huge surprise to learn that I was the recipient of this award for my contributions to the Marquette Challenge because just having been a part of the Challenge has been a great reward. I am humbled to receive this award, as the success of this fundraising program has little to do with me and everything to do with the hundreds of PT students who, year after year, work tirelessly to raise funds and awareness for research in physical therapy through the Challenge. I’m glad that I could help launch this program, but more importantly, I am proud of where our students have taken it, and I look forward to being amazed by their future success,” said Schindler-Ivens.

Schindler-Ivens became the first student coordinator of the annual Marquette Challenge in 1989, a grassroots fundraising effort to support the Foundation for Physical Therapy. Now a major fundraiser for the Foundation, the Challenge has raised over $1.8 million since it began. Students participating in the 2010-2011 Pittsburgh-Marquette Challenge aim to reach the $2 million mark in total funds raised in Challenge history.

The Foundation awarded Schindler-Ivens with Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS) I Scholarships in 1998 and 1999, and a PODS II Scholarship in 2000 to assist in obtaining a PhD to pursue research in physical therapy. She has gone on to receive funding from major research funding organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association.

Schindler-Ivens, now an Assistant Professor and Director of the Neuromuscular Control of Movement Laboratory at Marquette University, has come full-circle and demonstrates her continued commitment to supporting the Foundation. She volunteers each year to serve as a co-advisor for the Marquette Challenge and emphasizes to students the importance of integrating research with clinical practice throughout Marquette University’s curriculum.

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.
Contributions to the Foundation for Physical Therapy are tax-deductible and can be made online at


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