New ALA scholarship named in honor of Cicely Phippen Marks

Contact: Kimberly Sanders
Office for Human Resource
Development & Recruitment
For Immediate Release
February 15, 2007

New ALA scholarship named in honor of Cicely Phippen Marks

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new scholarship to help support the education of a student enrolled in an ALA-accredited master’s degree program in library and information studies who has an interest in working in a federal library. Named in honor of the late Cicely Phippen Marks and supported by a generous donation from her husband Charles L. Garris, the annual award of $1,500 will be sponsored by the Federal and Armed Forces Round Table (FAFLRT).

Deadline for application is March 1, 2007. For scholarship information and requirements please visit

“Cicely would be thrilled to help deserving students in this way,” said Garris. “She really believed in the importance of federal libraries, and I’m happy to be able to continue her tradition of service to others.”

A 24-year member of ALA who was active in both FAFLRT and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), Marks spent much of her career working in federal libraries. After graduating from the University of Maryland’s Graduate School of Library Science in 1970, she spent 15 years with the US Veterans Administration Central Office Library Division. She then worked at the American Overseas Book Company until 2000, moving on to the Customs and Border Protection Library, under contract with PTFS, Inc., until her retirement in 2004.

“FAFLRT is delighted to have this opportunity to offer a scholarship to a library school student interested in a federal government career,” said FAFLRT Awards Committee Co-chair Shirley Loo. “With the cost of higher education, this $1,500 scholarship in memory of Cicely Phippen Marks is financial assistance that would be appreciated by a worthy student.”

The Cicely Phippen Marks Scholarship is sponsored by the Federal and Armed Forces Round Table. The first Cicely Phippen Marks Scholarship recipient will be announced in June 2007.