PVC Awards Overview

At the conclusion of each academic year, the Princeton Varsity Club distributes several awards and honors as part of the Gary Walters ’67 PVC Awards Banquet. Awards are given out in recognition of athletic excellence, academic achievement and service to the community and pay tribute to exceptional student-athletes, distinguished alumni and supporters of Princeton Athletics. Please click the links below to learn more about each award, and to view a historical list of past recipients.

C. Otto von Kienbusch Award
Awarded annually to a Princeton senior woman of high scholastic rank who has demonstrated general proficiency in athletics and the qualities of a true sportswoman. Presented in memory of C. Otto v. Kienbusch ’06, friend and benefactor of women’s athletics at Princeton.

William Winston Roper Trophy
Awarded annually to a Princeton senior man of high scholastic rank and outstanding qualities of sportsmanship and general proficiency in athletics. Presented by Mrs. William W. Roper and the Class of 1902.

Art Lane ’34 Award
Awarded to an undergraduate athlete in recognition of his or her selfless contribution to sport and society. Given in memory of Art Lane ’34 by friends and family.

Chris Sailer Leadership Award
Awarded to senior student-athletes that demonstrate exceptional leadership and a commitment to serving others. Given by Lucy Small DeStefano ’99 S94 and Chris DeStefano ’94 S99 in honor of Chris Sailer, Hall-of-Fame women’s lacrosse coach at Princeton from 1987-2022.

Class of 1916 Cup
Awarded each year to the Princeton varsity letterwinner who continuing in competition in his or her senior year achieved at graduation the highest academic standing. Given by the Class of 1916 on the occasion of its 50th reunion.

Class of 1967 PVC Citizen-Athlete Award
Presented by the Princeton Varsity Club for selfless and noble contributions to sport and society.

Marvin Bressler Award
Awarded to that member of the Princeton family who, through heartfelt support of the University’s student-athletes and coaches, best embodies a belief in the lifelong lessons taught by competition and athletics as a complement to the overall educational mission. Awarded in the spirit of Marvin Bressler, professor of sociology, 1963-94.

Lorin Maurer h78 Award
Awarded to that member of the Princeton Athletics family who best reflects the passion, dedication and infectious enthusiasm that defined Lorin Maurer’s character and her inspiring impact on colleagues and friends. Awarded in the memory of Lorin Maurer h78, 1978-2009.

The Princeton Letter Sweater
The Princeton Varsity Club provides letter sweaters to graduating student-athletes who are members of a varsity athletic team and appear on that team’s active/injured roster at time of graduation. All sweaters are presented at the culmination of the Gary Walters ’67 PVC Awards Banquet on the Thursday preceding Commencement.  The sweaters are exclusive 100% knit black wool sweaters with the 6″ Princeton P sewn on the front.

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