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John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
  • 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.
  • Awards:
    • The winner receives $10,000
    • 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.

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DEADLINE: January 6, 2016

Last Modified on May 20, 2015