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