from The Bridge: Fall 2012/Winter 2013 issue
The Twombly Foundation, based in New York, comprises an educational center and museum that honors renowned artist Cy Twombly '53. The foundation further strengthened Twombly's ties to W&L by awarding the University a $400,000 grant to help fund two scholarships-the Class of 1943/Cy Twombly Scholarship and The Edwin Parker "Cy" Twombly Scholarship.
Both scholarships, which are awarded to students based on financial need, were estab- lished in honor of Twombly's father, Edwin Parker "Cy" Twombly Sr., who served for 53 years as swimming coach, golf coach and athletic director at W&L.
The Class of 1943/Cy Twombly Scholarship was established in 1993 by members of the Class of 1943. The Edwin Parker "Cy" Twombly Scholarship was established in 1972 by many friends of Cy Twombly Sr. This is the second gift that the Twombly Foundation has made for the scholarships. In all, the foundation has awarded $475,000 in support.
"We're pleased that the Twombly family continues to have a presence at W&L," says Dennis Cross, vice president of advancement. "These scholarships help us bring the very best students to campus."
Cy Twombly '53 left Washington and Lee after only one year because Marion Junkin, who had founded the Department of Art at W&L, made it clear there wasn't much he could teach the young man who had such an advanced talent. Twombly left Lexington for New York; as he developed his art and in- creased his stature, he spent most of his time at homes in Italy and in Lexington. Twombly died in 2011.