Annual Essay and —NEW THIS YEAR— Scholarship Contest

A program of the Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky

Essay Contest Winners 2017

Sisters who both were winners in the 2017 contests.

2021 Essay Contest

The annual KRLA Essay Contest is different this year. We are following the guidelines of the National Right to Life Essay Contest. There is only one topic: Why are you pro-life?

The NRLC contest has two divisions: Grades 7-9 and Grades 10-12. The KRLA Essay contest has three: Grades 9, 10 and 11, with each division awarding a cash prize of $200 for a single winner per grade. Why not enter the NRLC and the KRLA contests?! The NRLC deadline is soon. Please check their website or contact for information.

The length of the essay is shorter— Your submission should be from 300-500 words. This is a test of writing skills for our current environment of brief blog posts and additions to Social Media. Brevity rocks!

Write less, say more! People today do not like to read a lot, or perhaps the dilemma is that the abundant streams of information challenge us to keep up with A LOT of content. It is helpful to readers if we can present our thoughts in a ‘nutshell.’

We're looking forward to the 2021 essay submissions!

Rules for a SENIORS ONLY Scholarship Contest are under review. This NEW contest will award $500 to winners. Please watch for more information soon.


GENERIC titles are not good. Even though there is only one topic, we need you to somehow differentiate your submission, particularly if you are using an online storage service. This prevents confusion. Thank you.

If you upload your essay to an online storage vault we have NO WAY OF KNOWING WHO YOU ARE!! Therefore, you must email us to let us know the identifying marks of your submission. Though you should not include your name or other personal or school info on your essay, you would, of course, include the essay title.

It is MUCH EASIER for us if you will simply attach your document/file to that email. Below is the information we need, and thank you so much!! Please email the below information with your essay, or after you send a link to it, to THANK YOU.

Include in your email BUT NOT ON YOUR ESSAY
Title of essay
Your name
Your email address
Your grade
Your school
Sponsor name
Sponsor email
Sponsor or parent phone
Your address


Deadline to submit essays: March 1.

  • Eligibility: All Kentucky high school and home-schooled students, 9th–11th grades
  • Essay shall be between 300-500 words, typed and double-spaced, 12 pt. type.
  • TOPIC: Why I Am Pro-life
  • Email a .doc, .docx or .pdf document (We prefer no .page files)
  • Do NOT identify your name on your essay. All entrants are assigned numbers to assure anonymity as judges evaluate entries.
  • Three Divisions: 9th, 10th and 11th grades.
  • Please retain a copy of your essay.
  • Essays shall be submitted no later than March 1, 2021. EMAIL your essay to:
  • Essays shall be judged based on:
    • content - 50 points
    • grammar and spelling - 25 points
    • creativity - 25 points
  • Prizes: $200 per grade (One cash award per division)

Awarding of Prizes

  • Essay winners will be notified by email. Winners from each division will be published on the KRLA website.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Essay Contest!

How encouraging to read the thoughts and the facts researched carefully by these students. Our pro-life future looks very bright when we see this knowledge and passion.THANK YOU to each student who submitted an essay.

Senior/Junior Division

Sophomore/Freshman Division

Essay Contest Winners 2020

Some of the 2020 winners