Marks Family Scholarship
A conversation with Gilbert Lynn and Cheryl Marks.
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at Auburn University?
Auburn is a great university where I received the foundation upon which my career has been built. I gained much and simply wish to give back and encourage students to pursue careers in science and math.
What would you want the recipients of this scholarship to know about the person for whom it is named?
I’m a physician with a subspecialty in infectious diseases. I work in R&D for a major pharmaceutical company where we are committed to creating new medicines to combat a wide range of unmet medical needs globally.
Tell us about your Auburn story, favorite tradition, a “War Eagle!” moment, or what Auburn has meant to you.
I returned to the campus recently with my mother and father. My dad graduated from Auburn and I wanted him and my mom to see the progress that has been made across the campus, the manner in which “the tragedy with the trees” was handled, and for them to see the commemorative brick that was placed in their honor in front of the alumni building. A noteworthy past, a strong present, and an exceptionally bright future are in store for the expanding Auburn Family.
What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
I want the students to experience having a barrier removed in their quest to exploring a future in the field of science and mathematics. Innovation, focus on quality, and a drive to achieve in this space is critical for our future and the future of all.