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, 2017. Students are eligible if they live in Marion County or any of it contiguous counties.

Click here to view the 2017 scholarship application

The deadline for the 2017 Collegiate Scholarship was April 1, 2017

Congratulations to our 2016 Joan Byrum Pro-Life Scholarship Winner!

Sarah Wood
Bishop Chatard High School

Sarah Wood began her involvement in pro-life activities when she became a student at Bishop Chatard High School and joined the pro-life club. As a freshman she attended the annual Right to Life Mass and Life Chain, held every first Sunday in October in Indianapolis. Although she was scared at first, she fell in love with standing up for life during the Life Chain on Meridian Street. She also said it was, “absolutely beautiful to see many come together and pray for life.”
Sarah has participated in Life Chain every year since, and has also stood for life at 40 Days for Life prayer campaigns in front of Planned Parenthood many times and personally coordinated peaceful, prayerful protests inviting other students to join her. Her leadership at Chatard High School has been a driving force for the pro-life efforts in youth ministry at her home parish, St. Simon the Apostle.
Sarah wrote that her most memorable experience came this year when she attended the March for Life in D.C. Both the March and the speakers exceeded her expectations, and even though there was a threat of snow in 2016 the March attendees were determined. She never realized there were that many people who believe in the pro-life movement as much as she does.
Sarah will attend Marian University in the fall of 2016 to study pastoral leadership. She was accepted into the San Damiano program where she hopes to continue the “the fight for life” by dedicating her monthly service hours to the pro-life cause, as well as joining Knights for Life. Sarah believes that fighting for life does not stop in high school or college, “it’s a life-long commitment.”

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