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Mable Wyche Underwood Grant

In 1971, Mable Wyche Underwood served as president of the Georgia Library Media Department (now GLMA). Her enthusiasm and passion, along with her untiring efforts and service to student library organizations, influenced at least eight of her students and colleagues (including her daughter, Rosalind Underwood Dennis, GLMA President, 2007), to join the profession. It is because of these significant contributions to the library profession that the GLMA grant was named in her honor.

The Mable Wyche Underwood Grant allows building-level library media specialists who are members in good standing of GLMA to develop, design, implement, or continue an ongoing program which promotes the use of the library media center in the instructional program.

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The Award

Two grants, up to $1,000 each, are available for school library media specialists at the building level.



  • Recipients must be a GLMA member for 2 years or more before applying for the grant.

  • Previous recipients of this award may not apply for 3 years after being honored as a Grant Recipient 

  • Current GLMA Mable Wyche Underwood Grant Committee members are not eligible for the grant. 


  • A letter of support from the school principal is required. 

  • Please note that all references to space limiters (ex: 2500) are in reference to characters, not words.

  • Names of the school, district, and school librarian should appear ONLY on the front page, not the narrative, in order to ensure impartial judging.

  • Preview the application here

  • Deadline: March 15, 2024



Grants will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Quality

  • Innovativeness (Interpretation: a packaged commercial program that can be purchased could qualify as long as its application is innovative.)

  • Clear objective

  • Benefits of the project to students

  • Budget

  • Evaluation plan



  • Grant checks will be made out to the recipient’s school.

  • Unexpended funds must be returned to GLMA, Inc. in the event that the grant recipient is unable to implement the conditions of the grant.

  • The GLMA Executive Office must receive a final written evaluation of the success of the project no later than May 1 of the year following implementation or a fee of $100 will be billed to the principal. The evaluation should include the number of students affected, impact on student learning, a list of itemized expenses, and recommendations for improvements of the project.



Watch this video
from 2017 Mable Wyche Underwood Grant Winner,
 Shann Shalala Griffith
Media Specialist,
Head Elementary

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