Senior Letterwinners' Dinner
It is the only time all student-athletes from the senior class gather together under one roof.
Over 1,000 seniors, family members, friends, coaches, and administrators dine together on the evening before commencement, honoring the accomplishments of the senior class and announcing the recipients of 11 major prizes and awards.
The 2020 Senior Letterwinners' Dinner, scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 -- the night before Commencement -- is moving online. More information to be announced soon. Refunds have been issued for those who purchased tickets.
To view highlights and award speeches from the 2019 Senior Letterwinners' Dinner, click here.
The Francis H. Burr '09 Scholarship - A scholarship fund established in memory of Francis H. Burr ’09 by his friends. First given in 1918, it is awarded to two seniors, one male and one female, “who combine as nearly as possible Burr’s remarkable qualities of character, leadership, scholarship and athletic ability.”
The William J. Bingham '16 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 award goes to our most outstanding male athlete.
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 award goes to our most outstanding female athlete.
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 -- in short, our top female scholar-athlete. Nominations for this award come solely from Faculty Deans, Senior Tutors or Resident Deans.
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 athletic ability -- in short, our top male scholar-athlete. Nominations for this award come solely from Faculty Deans, Senior Tutors or Resident Deans.
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 athletics.
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 student-athlete who has made the most outstanding contribution to Harvard and its neighboring communities.
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.
Become an Endowment Contributor
The Harvard Varsity Club and Department of Athletics established the Senior Letterwinners' Dinner Endowment Fund in 2017. Ideally, the endowment will provide enough income to dramatically reduce the cost of the dinner (currently $65) for all attendees, allowing more family and friends the opportunity to attend each year.
Endowment gifts of $1,000 will receive Harvard College Reunion and Class Credit, and will be acknowledged on the HVC website and in the Senior Letterwinners’ Dinner event program indefinitely. To make a gift, contact the HVC (email@example.com or 617-495-3535) or make a gift through the Harvard College Fund by;
- Selecting FAS Athletics under the School/Affiliate dropdown
Selecting Harvard Varsity Club under the fund dropdown
Selecting This is a Pledge Payment and specifying your gift is to the Senior Letterwinners' Dinner endowment (fund #340-487142RE) in the texbox
National Champion | $100,000 donation
All-American | $25,000 donation
All-Ivy | $10,000 donation
Captain | $5,000 donation
Major H | $1,000 donation
Thank You to our
Call the HVC at 617.495.3535 to contribute to continued success of the SLD
National Champion | $100,000
Jacqueline & Jeffrey Tonkel '92
All-American | $25,000
John Simourian ’57, P'88
Jim Quagliaroli '97
All-Ivy | $10,000
Scott Collins '87, P'16
Mary & Richard Jacobson P'16
Captain | $5,000
Louis J. Appell, Jr. ’47 P’73
Kimberley & William Anderson P'17
Major H | $1,000
Walter Greeley '53, P'85
John Winthrop '58, P'86
Georges Peter '59, P'90
Bob Anderson '61
Robert Brooks '68
Larry Cetrulo '71, P'06, '09
Thomas O'Neill '73, P'00
Brian Hehir '75, P'08
David Wagener '76, P'15
William J. Cleary III ’85 P’17, '19
Jack Coan '88
Bob Glatz '88
Martina Albright '90 & Jon Bernstein '90
Andy Freed '90
Cindy & Paul Webb P'16
Jim & Liz Fallon P'18
The Allard Family
The Mollerus Family
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