John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest


John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum




Amount: $500 to $10,000
Award Number: 1 winner, 1 second place winner, up to 5 finalists
GPA Required: none




John F. Kennedy Library Foundation., Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Columbia Point
Boston , MA 02125


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Students are asked to write an original and creative essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Students should use at least five varied sources such as newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews, including one non-internet source, to address the following topic:

Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a United States elected official that took place during or after 1956. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past first place winners are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial services and members of their families are not eligible to participate.


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