Robert S. and Margot Lacy Eccles Scholarship for Fine Arts
The Robert S. and Margot Lacy Eccles Endowed Scholarship for Fine Arts was created by the late Dr. Margot Lacy Eccles to reward artistic talent and to encourage academic achievement among fulltime students at Franklin College pursuing academic degrees in the fine arts. Dr. Eccles, vice president of LDI, Ltd., was a member of the Franklin College Board of Trustees from 1993 until her death. Her father, Howard Lacy, served as a member of the Board from 1953-1959, and her mother, Edna, also served as a board member at Franklin from 1965-1982 and again from 1986-1990. Educated at Tudor Hall School, Tufts University, the American Theater Wing of New York City, and the University of Paris, Dr. Margot Eccles was a devoted and unwavering advocate of the arts and service to one's community. A generous benefactor of Franklin College, Dr. Eccles spent much of her life enhancing the arts in central Indiana and demonstrated this personal commitment through volunteer service for various organizations including: the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Heartland Film Festival, Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, The Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series Advisory Council, and the United Way of Central Indiana. Dr. Eccles and her husband, Robert, shared an enduring appreciation for education. Robert S. Eccles was a teacher and administrator at Park (now Park-Tudor) School in Indianapolis and later served as an administrator at schools in Arizona and North Carolina and as headmaster of schools in Connecticut and New York. They raised one biological daughter and two Chinese students who are like sons.
The scholarship shall benefit students majoring in the Fine Arts or Humanities. First preference for the award will be for freshman students who graduated in the top 25% of their high school class. Candidates for the Eccles Scholarship must demonstrate proficiency and significant promise in the fine arts through either personal auditions or academic reviews of their art portfolios and/or creative writing. The Eccles Scholarship award shall be renewed annually as long as the recipient maintains a satisfactory grade point average and demonstrates continued progress toward a degree in the fine arts. This award shall be coordinated by the Office of Financial Aid.