Pro-Life Advocates Scholarship

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Avila
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$3,200
1st winner$1,600
2nd winner$1,600
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
11
Application Deadline
Jun 16, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 21, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
2
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Educational Level:
2021 high school graduates and current undergraduates (2 or 4-year institution)
Educational Level:
2021 high school graduates and current undergraduates (2 or 4-year institution)

“Simple morality dictates that unless and until someone can prove the unborn human is not alive, we must give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is (alive). And, thus, it should be entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” -Ronald Reagan

It is not popular to hold the position that all human beings — no matter the circumstance of their conception, disabilities, gender, or even the inconvenience of their existence — are inherently valuable and to be honored.

Life is a gift and a celebration. We wish to uncover those independent thinkers who do not negate the dignity of humanity at the root of their being.

The Pro-Life Advocates Scholarship will be awarded to one student who recognizes the dignity and humanity of a human life, from the moment of their conception to natural death. This person embraces the value of every human life on this planet, especially the unborn, and lives out this conviction in their daily lives. Applicants for this scholarship must:

  • Unapologetically value and advocate for the protection of the dignity and gift of life from conception to natural death
  • Be able to articulate the value of all human lives (extra points for those who use data-driven research to emphasize the pro-life position) 
  • Be involved in some form of pro-life work (be creative - this can happen in many different ways)
  • Be an independent and critical thinker
  • Be any college student in a 2- or 4-year degree program 

To apply, share with us how your experiences have shaped your pro-life position and what actions and activities do you plan to take to promote the value and dignity of all human beings, especially the unborn.

Published September 21, 2021
$3,200
1st winner$1,600
2nd winner$1,600
Awarded
Winners
2
Finalists
11
Application Deadline
Jun 16, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 21, 2022
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
2
Contributions
Recent Bold.org scholarship winners
Essay Topic

How have your experiences shaped your pro-life position? What actions and activities do you take to promote the value and dignity of all human beings, especially the unborn?

450–550 words

Winning Applications

Crista McDonough
Fort Hays State UniversityWinter Garden, FL
Kimberly Perez
Tarrant County College DistrictFort Worth, TX
Coming from a single-parent household, I know that an unplanned pregnancy is one of the most difficult challenges a woman may encounter; however, it is only the beginning of something incredible and brings light in one of the darkest times. My mother was close to terminating her pregnancy with my older sister due to already having my eldest sister, living in poverty, and having no spousal support. On the way to the abortion clinic, my mom was hesitant and thought about my eldest sister and how much she loved her, and that God's timing is meant for a reason. She came to a point where she realized that she already had so much love for the baby growing inside her, and with that, my sister was born. She is now my best friend, mentor, and top supporter. Many individuals that agree with the power of choice may think that my mother was an ideal candidate for abortion due to all the hardships stacking on top of her, but my mother is an example of beating all the odds and that abortion does not have to be the answer. With the motivation of having to provide for my eldest sister and a newborn baby girl, knowing that God is on her side, my mother managed to open her own business, buy a home to raise us in, and provide us with opportunities. Reasons people may want to have an abortion may include financial instability, complete education, partner-related reason, or bad-timing overall. All of these situations are difficult and, unfortunately, these individuals feel that their only option is abortion to be successful/better in the future. Little do they know that there are people across the nation that do want to help such as myself. I currently work closely with a pro-life pregnancy center (known as the Eagle Mountain Pregnancy Center in Azle, TX) that provides help in many ways such as free medical needs (pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, proof of pregnancy forms), adoption referrals, counseling for women that struggle with mental health during or after pregnancy and trauma or painful regret from an abortion, maternity/baby supplies, and weekly classes ranging from bible studies, parenting classes, or life classes available in both English or Spanish. My goal here is to be able to show women that there is another way other than abortion that ends with happiness and hope for the future with a child/children. Eventually, I am going to leave this incredible organization, but only because of the one I dream to open myself too. Years ago, I went to the March for Life event and met women part of the pro-life feminist group and heard their stories; it made me think about my mother and how hard it can be to be alone with children. This inspires me to want to open a safe and clean shelter that provides everything that my current affiliated organization provides and that houses pregnant mothers of various ages/statuses that want to keep their babies but feel like there is no hope. I want to let people know that there is hope and love out there and that they are worthy of it; God knows it, so do I.
Gabrielle Nagle
Trinity Catholic High SchoolStamford, CT
I was always taught the sanctity of life by my parents. Life begins with conception and ends with natural death, there is no doubt. However, I am also taught by mainstream media that I can't be a feminist and be pro-life at the same time. As I have gone deeper into my beliefs and deeper into my education as a pro-life advocate, I came to realize that I can be an advocate for both with vigor and passion. As a woman in the 21st century, I have personally experienced how awfully society treats women. From being cat-called to being shamed into hating feminine traits that I found in myself, it is hard to own my femininity and be proud of who I am. In this way, feminism is important to me. Advocating for women's rights is essential to me. I am so proud to be a woman However, my beliefs about abortion contradict the modern feminist movement. Abortion is essential to their message and for a long time, I felt like an imposter in the feminist movement. I then started to think about why women are so amazing. They are, in that by just existing they are proof of God's beauty, love, and gentleness. They beautifully emulate the Father's creative nature. Women nurture life in their own womb and abortion is in direct contradiction to women's nature. It destroys and it kills. Abortion is marketed as a necessity to a woman's life, but I have seen it destroy women's lives. The Sisters of Life, women who devote their lives to help pregnant women in need, also help women who have had abortions. All these women severely regret their abortion and find it almost impossible to forgive themselves. Often, women don't know what they are doing when getting an abortion, but as soon as they realize it, the results are catastrophic. Imagine living with the realization that you killed your child? A study titled "Maternal Suicide in Italy" showed that women who had abortions were twice as likely to commit suicide compared to women who had given birth. These results are also found in Finland and the United States. It is clear that abortion destroys women. Education is extremely important to the pro-life movement. I have educated myself about the subject and I helped my high school become more well-versed in the pro-life movement. I joined a pro-life group when I entered high school and helped raised money to support pregnant women. Items like diapers, baby clothing, and food are essential for great organizations, like the Malta House, that help pregnant women in need. During my years of high school, I brought in pro-life speakers to help educate students on the movement and what they can do to help. I volunteered many hours for the Sisters of Life. Although I was given small tedious tasks, like cleaning their retreat house, I knew that my contribution helped them focus more on their mission rather than the endless small tasks that would eat up their time. Being a pro-life feminist is who I am. I have found that I can fight for the rights of the unborn and women at the same time. Abortion hurts women and supporting organizations that help and heal women is essential to help grow a culture of life.
Sandra Quintana
Herzing University-MinneapolisSan Jacinto, CA
I am from a small town in California and have always been there for many people in need. I have volunteered at my parish St. Anthony’s Catholic Church for about 8 years. Every year we partake in the walk for life and honor the lives of innocent babies that were killed due to abortion. Each cross represents the 36,000 babies that are killed everyday. We walk the streets of our town carrying white crosses about 40 inches tall. All the churches in town come together ranging from Catholics, Christians, Protestants, and Baptists. In total there’s about 1000 people that participate. When we arrive to the church after walking about 2 miles we hammer the crosses in the dirt alongside a common road every passerby will see. In total there’s about 2000 crosses nailed into the ground. I have also taken part in One Life LA and walked alongside many pro life advocates such as Lila Rose, Eduardo Verástegui, and hearing Fr. Frank Pavone speak. I am a pro life advocate because I have heard the tragic stories of abortion. I have held a women in my arms while I was praying a rosary outside of an abortion clinic located in San Bernardino near where I reside. She was fearful, and she said she had no other options because she was struggling as is with her one child. I assured her that she is safe and that our parish would help her. I have her options for help and assured her she would not be alone on this journey and that Christ was always with her. I gave her my rosary and she ended up walking away from the abortion clinic. In all the days I have sat our there just knowing I saved one baby’s life was enough for me and I will never forget that experience. My best friend recently had a baby and told me she remembers my talks about abortion and that I was the only reason why she kept her baby. I currently am a Certified Nurse Assistant. I work with people who are on there last days and I treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve. I am a firm believer that every life deserves a chance to live from womb till tomb. Recently, I was accepted into a nursing program. I am aspiring to earn my bachelors degree in nursing in hope to become an RN specializing in labor and delivery. My hope is to welcome life into this world as it should be. However, I also know there will be dark times where something may go wrong with mother or baby or even both. But, I know that Christ will grant me the grace and strength to overcome these trials. As Philippians 4:13 reads, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I look forward to furthering my education and pursuing the future my God has planned for me.

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