Flanner House of Indianapolis is proud to offer the Osma D. Spurlock Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is dedicated to providing a resource for post-secondary students who are pursuing a career in Education, Human and Public Services. The scholarship is designed to promote the education and continuing development of individuals pursuing post-secondary education in these fields. Qualified applicants must have at least a GPA of 2.5 (high school or current college) to be considered and be accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited College or University pursuing a program related to Education, Human or Public Services. Candidates must provide the scholarship application, two letters of recommendation and an essay (no more than two typed pages) that articulates their career goals. Preference is given to applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Marion County, Greater Indianapolis
area. Scholarship recipient(s) must agree to be available for 40 hours of volunteer work at Flanner House of Indianapolis within 12 months of receipt of the scholarship.
Application Deadline – July 19, 2019
2018 - Scholarships will be given in late August depending on fund availability.
Interested parties should send the application, letters of recommendation and grade transcript to:
Osma D. Spurlock Memorial Scholarship
c/o Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc.
2424 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Osma Spurlock was a civil rights and community activist who held several high-profile positions in the city of Indianapolis. In the 1950’s she worked as a Flanner House administrator under the renowned Cleo Blackburn, then agency Executive Director, who established the first “sweat equity” housing program in the city allowing many low income individuals the opportunity to own their own home. Osma Spurlock's public life expanded in the 1960s, when the state of Indiana created its Civil Rights Commission, and she was one of the first members. In a four-decade volunteer career, she also worked with the Indianapolis Urban League, the YMCA and United Way of Central Indiana. In the 1990s, Spurlock was vice president of the Indianapolis chapter of the NAACP