Until this year all of the scholarships offered by Harvard College have brought with them pecuniary aid and have been intended chiefly for men who were in need of such aid. Heretofore there has been no such distinction as a scholarship for a man whowas not in need of money. At the close of the last college year, however, it was voted by the Faculty and confirmed by vote of the Corporation to establish purely honorary scholarships, open as honors to men who do not need financial help. They are called the John Harvard Scholarships Juniors and Sophomores who may be considered "worthy of very high academic distinetion." They will be conferred as a matter of course, without application.
It is intended that the holders of John Harvard Scholarships be grouped in the University Catalogue and elsewhere with the most distinguished holders of other scholarships. Holders of less important scholarships are to appear in another list; and holders of scholarships given on special claims, such as residence in a particular town or descent from a particular person, will constitute a third list.
A similar system of fellowships called the John Harvard Fellowships was introduced a year ago into the Graduate School, but has only just been put on a permanent basis. John Harvard Fellowships can be granted only to members of the Graduate School, resident or non-resident. The holders will be few in numbers and will be recommended by the respective departments in which their work lies.