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Varsity letter

A varsity letter (or monogram) is an award earned in the United States for excellence in school activities. A varsity letter signifies that its winner was a qualified varsity team member, awarded after a certain standard was met.

The letter

The award is a large letter, usually made with the colors and initial of the school, constructed of chenille and felt. The decoration is usually sewn on a letterman jacket purchased or awarded separately. Letters are usually 6–8” and the center area (main color) of the letter is known as "moss."

Some schools may embroider non-athletic letters with their award title, such as "Academics" or "Arts."

History

Until the 1960s such letters were often worn on a cardigan or pullover sweater.

Variations

As a decorative clothing item, the varsity letter has a huge number of variations and no set standard is made to any school on how it should look. Students generally receive only one actual letter, but can win the distinction multiple times. This is designated by felt insignias, modeled pins, or bars that are attached to the letter.

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