Gladys Noon Spellman

Who is Gladys Noon Spellman?

Gladys Noon Spellman was an educator in the Prince George’s County Public Schools System and president of the Prince George’s County Council of PTAs. She was the first woman elected to the Board of Commissioners of Prince George’s County. Additionally, she served in the highest capacity for county officials nationwide when she became the first woman elected president of the National Association of Counties.

​In 1974, she was elected to the United States Congress where she was instrumental in sponsoring legislation to prevent discrimination based on marital status and prohibiting discrimination against the handicapped and elderly.

Spellman Awards

Ms. Spellman was a celebrated public servant of Prince George's County for more than two decades. Both a Public Service Award and a Scholarship are given to recipients during the County's Women's History Month Luncheon (WHML).

​​The 2018 WHML will be held on March 15th at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD.


​The Prince George's County Office of the County Executive presents a scholarship in memory of Congresswoman Spellman. This year’s theme is “Serving Together • Serving All”.

Public Service Award

​The Gladys Noon Spellman Public Service Award is given annually to a woman in Prince George’s County Government whose career and dedication to the County closely parallel that of Congresswoman Spellman.​