Joan Byrum Pro-Life Scholarship

Right to Life of Indianapolis is dedicated to developing passionate pro-life leaders among the students of Marion County and the surrounding counties. Through our direct involvement with high school Teens for Life Clubs, we have seen the enthusiastic dedication of pro-life students.

In our effort to recognize and develop pro-life convictions and leadership among the students in the Indianapolis area, Right to Life of Indianapolis in 2007 began awarding an Annual $1000 Pro-Life Scholarship. In 2008 this scholarship was named in honor of Joan Byrum, President of Right to Life of Indianapolis from 1994-2008, in recognition of her belief in encouraging pro-life activities in youth.  The scholarship assists a student who has shown pro-life commitment and involvement during high school and dedication to the pro-life philosophy as they continue their education in college or a vocational program.

Applicants must be seniors graduating from high school (home school graduates are eligible) in the current school year and have applied to a college or a vocational school and then be accepted and enrolled by May 1, 2018. Students are eligible if they live in Marion County or any of it contiguous counties.

Click here to view the 2018 scholarship application

The deadline for the 2018 Collegiate Scholarship was April 1, 2018

Congratulations to our 2017 Joan Byrum Pro-Life Scholarship Winner!

Sarah Miller
St. Theodore Guerin Catholic High School

Sarah says her interest in the pro-life topic began her freshman year at Guerin when she chose a high-level theology course called “Pro-life Issues”. Coming from a public school she felt compelled to take what she says would be one of the hardest and best classes she has taken. Through this class she came to realize the importance of the issue and the arguments behind it. She began to pray in front of the Planned Parenthood in Fishers every Saturday morning. She exhibited leadership and invited her friends to join her. Sarah became one of only a few teens trained to be a sidewalk counselor and at times she was called to counsel her peers.

She was also involved in many pro-life activities as an active member of Teens4Life at Guerin Catholic High School. She served as co-president her senior year.

Sarah boldly volunteered for the 40 Days for Life committee at her parish, St. Louis de Montfort and was the only member under 40. She was one of the few consistent participants involved in the 40 days prayer campaigns in front of Planned Parenthood no matter what the weather. She goes to pray even when no one joins her.

Sarah will attend Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati in the fall of 2017. She plans to major in either elementary education or social work. She heard that the university has been waiting for a leader for the college’s pro-life club, Lions for Life. Sarah feels that she has been called to be that leader.

If you are interested in financially supporting the RTLI Educational Trust Fund, please contact our office at 317-582-1526.