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Clash of the Classes

PT Alumni Scholarship Competition

The Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) Alumni Scholarship Competition began as a friendly rivalry. The DPT student presidents of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014 charged their classmates with donating funds, with the stipulation that the class with the most participating donors — not the highest amount raised — would be declared the winner. So, for one month at the end of 2014, the three classes got to work. The victor: the Class of 2013.

PT Alumni Scholarship Competition

The real winners, however, were the three recipients of the first-ever SMHS DPT scholarship; PT faculty members chose Krissy Mariano, Sara Lewis, and Rachel Plumb, all of whom are members of the Class of 2016 and volunteers with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and SMHS Free from Falls program. With support from the scholarships, the trio have been able to pursue additional and valuable educational opportunities.

After the success of the first competition, the three classes — plus the Class of 2015 — held the second annual competition this past winter. The Classes of 2013 and 2015 tied for first place, and 60 new donors have now joined the fundraising effort.

For more information on the PT Alumni Scholarship Competition, please contact Sarah Klein at and visit