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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. 
    •  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. 
    • Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews. 
  • 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 $10,000
    • A second place winner receives a $3,000 cash award.
    • Up to five finalists each receive a $1000 cash award.
    • The nominating teacher of the first-place winner is also invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to receive the JFK Public Service Grant for $500 for school projects encouraging student leadership and civic engagement.  Travel and expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston.  
    • Click here to visit the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest web page.