Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Goddard Rhetorical Prizes, 1862
|The Goddard Rhetorical Prizes, from a fund created in 1862 by Thomas A. Goddard, then treasurer of Tufts College, are provided annually in the field of dramatic interpretation and acting. These undergraduate prizes may, at the discretion of the Department of Drama, be awarded for marked excellence in acting as demonstrated during the student's career in stage productions of the university theater.|
Thomas Austin Goddard was one of the prime benefactors to Tufts in its early years. He was treasurer of Tufts from 1856 to 1864 and often paid college expenses for students from his own personal funds, sometimes the equivalent of tuition for 100 students at a time. At the same time, he often slipped his own funds into the meager Tufts coffers. In 1862, he established the Goddard Rhetorical Prize, which was the first year in which the catalogue mentions any prizes. After his death in 1868, his wife Mary T. Goddard continued supporting Tufts and gave Goddard Chapel and Goddard Gymnasium as a memorial to him in 1882.
Source: BTU[Arts and Sciences/Engineering]