Rural Voices Youth Contest

Rural Voices Youth Contest logoCongratulations to the 2023 contest winners!

  • Jane Letourneau, St. John’s Catholic High School
  • Kady Toole, Washington County High School
View the Winning Entries

It is anticipated that the next contest will be announced in Fall 2023 with a February 1, 2024 entry deadline.

About the Contest

North Central Regional Planning Commission has sponsored the Rural Voices Youth Contest since 2006. The scholarship initiative was created to engage high school seniors in North Central Kansas in thoughtful reflection on rural Kansas and to promote a discussion among citizens based on their insights. We are proud to have awarded nearly $30,000 to high school seniors from around the region since the contest began.

2022-2023 Theme:  “Rural Kansas…Working Together”

The NCRPC invited high school seniors in North Central Kansas to prepare an original essay or video based on this year’s theme of “Rural Kansas…Working Together.”

Students submitting the top two entries will each receive a one-time cash award of $1,000 and be recognized with the John R. Cyr Rural Voices Award. The award is named in honor of Cyr who served for 22 years as NCRPC Executive Director. Winning entries will also be published on the North Central Regional Planning Commission website.

The Rural Voices Contest is sponsored by the North Central Regional Planning Commission (NCRPC). The NCRPC is committed to advancing rural Kansas through comprehensive planning and development services. Its primary service area includes 12 counties and 83 cities in North Central Kansas.

For questions about the contest, email or call 785-738-2218.

The NCRPC reserves the right to make no awards or partial awards based on the quality of the entries received.