||2013 Senior Letterwinners' Dinner Award Winners with Nichols Family Director of Athletics Bob Scalise and HVC Executive Director Bob Glatz '88
On the night before graduation, the Harvard Varsity Club & Department of Athletics welcome senior
letterwinners, their families, friends, and coaches to a dinner to honor
the graduating class’ athletic accomplishments. Over the decades, the
dinner has grown from a gathering of modest size to 750 person
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At the Dinner, special recognition is given to athletes who have made
significant contributions to the culture and success of Harvard
Athletics. Three awards were handed out at the first dinner: the
Bingham Award, the Burr Scholarship, and the Fadden Award. Currently,
there are eleven major prizes distributed.
The event started in 1967 when the club honored the top three
athletes in the class with the Francis H. Burr Scholarship, the William
J. Bingham Award and John P. Fadden Award.
The Francis H. Burr '09 Scholarship
- First awarded in 1918, this award is a scholarship fund established
in memory of Francis H. Burr by his friends. It is awarded to a senior
“who combines as nearly as possible, Burr’s remarkable qualities of
character, leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability.”
The William J. Bingham Award
- First awarded in 1954, this award is given annually to that male
member of the graduating class of Harvard College who, through
integrity, courage, leadership, and ability on the athletic fields, has
best served the high purpose of Harvard as exemplified by the late
William J. Bingham ’16, former Director of Athletics.
The John P. Fadden Award
- This award was established in 1966 in honor of the late John P.
Fadden’s service as an athletic trainer and friend to Harvard athletes
for many years. The award is given annually to a senior student
(Varsity, JV or Intramural) who has overcome physical adversity to make a
contribution to his/her team.
The list of awards has increased over the years to include the following eight:
The Radcliffe Prize
- This award was first established in 1975. It is awarded annually to
that senior woman letterwinner who, through outstanding ability on the
playing field and dedication to her sport or sports and qualities of
leadership, best reflects the purposeful achievement of Radcliffe
Alumnae in every field around the world.
The Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women’s Athletics Prize
- Established by the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women’s Athletics
(HRFWA), this prize was first presented in 1986 and is awarded annually
to the senior woman who best exemplifies the qualities of excellent
scholarship, character, leadership, and athletic ability.
The John P. Reardon '60 Men’s Award
- Established in 1987, this award is named in honor of John P. Reardon,
Jr., ’60, Director of Athletics from 1977 to 1990. This prize is
presented annually to the senior varsity male athlete who exemplifies
the qualities of excellent scholarship, character, leadership, and
The Mary G. Paget Prize
- The Mary G. Paget Prize is awarded annually by the presidents of
Radcliffe and Harvard in honor of Mary Guest Paget’s many years of
service as Director of Sports, Dance and Recreation at Radcliffe
College. The prize was first established in 1975 and is awarded each
year to the senior student who has contributed the most to women’s
The Francis J. Toland Community Service Award
- This award was created in honor of former Senior Associate Director
of Athletics Fran Toland, who retired in 2000 after 41 years of service
to Harvard athletics. The award is presented to the senior athlete who
has made the most outstanding contribution to Harvard and its
The Carroll F. Getchell Manager of the Year Award
- In 1981, the Committee on Athletics voted to name the Manager of the
Year Award, established in 1972, for the late Carroll F. Getchell,
long-time business manager in the Department of Athletics. Each year the
Department recognizes that manager in the senior class “who has best
displayed integrity, courage, leadership, and ability” during his/her
years of participation.
The Director’s Award
- Established in 2007, the Director’s Award recognizes the person (or
persons) who, through his/her pursuit of excellence and service to
Harvard Athletics, has displayed exceptional leadership, personal
character, integrity and commitment to education through athletics.
The Arthur L. Boland Award
- This award was established in 2010 by the Department of Athletics to
honor Arthur Boland, MD in commemoration of his 40 years of dedicated
service to Harvard Athletics. The award is presented each year to a
senior varsity athlete who will be attending medical school and who best
exemplifies those characteristics and qualities which have been the
hallmark of Dr. Art Boland’s care for Harvard athletes.
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