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:
- Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK's birth. The essay may focus on an issue at the local state, national or international level.
- Use at least give varied, reliable sources such as books, articles, documents and personal interviews. Participants are encouraged to use primary source materials such as letters, speeches, and government documents.
- Length: no more than 1000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words
- Essays must include a bibliography of at least five varied, reliable sources
- John F. Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for the essay
- Must be the original work of the student
- Students must register online prior to submitting their essay
- Completed registration form must accompany the essay.
- The winner receives $20,000
- A second place winner receives a $1,000 cash award.
- Up to five finalists each receive a $500 cash award.
- The nominating teacher of the first-place winner will receive the John F. Kennedy Public Srevice grant of $500 to encourage student leadership and civic engagement
- All winners receive a hardcover copy of Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy.
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DEADLINE: January 4, 2018