Lucy Allen Paton Prizes

Awards for excellence in the Humanities and Fine Arts

Lucy Allen Paton (1865-1951), medievalist and biographer, graduated from Radcliffe College. She received her A.B. (1892), A.M. (1894), and was one of the first to receive the Ph.D (1902). Among her publications was Elizabeth Cary Agassiz: A Biography (1919), and a number of articles about, and editions of, Arthurian mythology. She taught school (1889-1904) and edited the Radcliffe war reports in the Radcliffe Quarterly, 1917-1919, including a report on the war efforts of every alumna. She settled in Paris in 1922 with her brother James M. Paton, returning to Boston in 1939. 

These prizes were established by Lucy Allen Paton's will. One prize is awarded annually to that member of the senior class, and another to that member of the junior class, "who shall be deemed by [their] instructors to have manifested . . . the greatest promise in the Humanities or the Fine Arts, or who has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa because of . . . proficiency in these subjects."

Winners of the Lucy Allen Paton Prize


Class of 2016

Colton Valentine, Winner from the Junior 24

Class of 2015

Gregory Donabet Kristof, Winner from the Junior 24
Eleanor Wilkinson, Winner from the Senior 48

Class of 2014

Julie Chen-wan Yen, Winner from the Senior 48
Rainer Adriene Crosett, Winner from the Junior 24

Class of 2013

 Joshua Graham Wilson.  Winner from the Senior 48.
Kevin M. Stone.  Winner from the Junior 24.

Class of 2012

Isabel Middendorf Salovaara.  Winner from the Senior 48.
Spencer Steinberg Vegosen.  Winner from the Junior 24.

Class of 2011

Nicholas Jan Roth.  Winner from the Senior 48.
Anne Lisbet Goetz.  Winner from the Junior 24.

Class of 2010

Harold Yihao Wu.  Winner from the Senior 48.