Topic: Students are asked to write an original and creative essay of less than 1,000 words that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. Students should use a variety of sources such as newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews to address the following topic: Describe and analyze the decisions, actions, and risks of an elected public official in the United States since 1956 who has courageously addressed a political issue at the local, state, national, or international level. J. F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are NOT eligible subjects.
Length: less than 1000 words
Must be the original work of the student
Completed registration form must accompany the essay.
The winner receives $10,000 -- a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 to grow in a John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. The winner is invited to the Profile in Courage Award ceremony to accept his/her award. The ceremony is held in May at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
A second place winner receives a $1,000 cash award.
Up to five finalists each receive a $500 cash award.
All winners receive a hardcover copy of Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy.