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WC: JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

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.
  • Awards:
    • 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.

Click here to visit the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest web page.

DEADLINE: January 4, 2018