The Francis D. Lyon Graduate Fellowship is awarded annually to a graduate student in the field of film making or a closely related field such as theatre/drama, writing or entertainment. Only graduate students are eligible to apply. Membership in Phi Delta Theta is not a requirement. The student is required to be enrolled in a college or university in the United States or Canada. Students of film making will be given first priority for the Lyon Fellowship. Other areas of consideration reflect on talent, academic excellence, and financial need. All applicants must submit a completed application, a work sample and a transcript (student copy will suffice).
Francis D. "Pete" Lyon had a distinguished motion picture and television career as a film editor, director and producer. In 1948, he received an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for best film editor for the movie, Body and Soul. A member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at UCLA, Mr. Lyon established the scholarship in 1996 to assist students who shared his passion for making films.