Student Contests and Scholarship

Are you passionately pro-life and artistically inclined?  Can you use your writing talents to be a voice for the voiceless?

Enter Right to Life of Indianapolis’ student contests for your chance to win up to $250 in prize money for yourself, plus an additional $250 for your school, church or home-school organization.

Your essay, artwork or speech could be featured at the Annual Celebrate Life Dinner September 28.


Right to Life of Indianapolis’ Essay contest is open to all students in Marion County and the surrounding “doughnut” counties. We have four sets of grade levels for our Essay contest:  7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th & 10th grade, and 11th & 12th Grade. The winning essay of each grade level contest is published in the dinner program for our September 20, Celebrate Life Dinner.  Plus, you could earn up to $250 for yourself, and an additional $250 for your sponsoring organization. Download the application for eligibility requirements and to see this year’s essay topics. Junior High Contest Rules: 2023 Essay Contest Jr. High Rules Junior High Application: 2023 Essay Contest Jr. High Application High School Contest Rules: 2023 Essay Contest HS Rules High School Application: 2023 Essay Contest HS Application
Showcase your artistic talent, while making a statement for the sanctity of human life! Right to Life of Indianapolis’ art contest is open to 9th through 12th grade students from Marion County or the surrounding “doughnut counties.” The theme for the art contest is “Celebrate Life!” The 1st place winning artwork will grace the cover of the Annual Right to Life of Indianapolis Celebrate Life dinner program book on October 6. Plus, the winner receives $250 and an additional $250 grant for your art department, school, church or homeschool organization. Download the art contest application for format and media requirements. Contest Rules: 2023 Art Contest Student Letter Application: 2023 Art Contest Application
You can use your voice on behalf of the voiceless at Right to Life of Indianapolis’ Speech contest.   Open to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students, the the Right to Life of Indianapolis Speech Contest is your chance to share your pro-life views with others. The winner receives $250 prize money, plus a $250 grant for their school, church or homeschool organization. The winner is also invited to speak at the Right to Life of Indianapolis Celebrate Life dinner on October 6.   In addition, the winner of our contest goes on to represent Right to Life of Indianapolis at the state oratory contest and possibly even the National Right to Life Oratory contest.     Download the contest rules and entry form and email them to   Contest Rules: 2023 RTLI Speech Contest Rules   Application: 2023 Speech Contest Application Form  


Have you made a pro-life impact through your activities and service during high school?  Right to Life of Indianapolis wants to honor you with the Joan Byrum Memorial Pro-Life Scholarship.

This $1,000 scholarship was begun in 2007 to recognize and develop pro-life convictions and leadership among students in the Indianapolis area.

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 graduating high school seniors from Marion County or any of the “donut” counties.

Download the Scholarship Application for more information and eligibility requirements.

Application: 2023 Application for RTLI Scholarship