The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is offering a $10,000 to U.S. high school students. To enter, students will describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917 (the year John F. Kennedy was born) in a 1,000 word essay.
Need a little inspiration? Read Kennedy’s book, Profiles in Courage!
In Profiles in Courage, Kennedy recounts the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do what was right for the nation. These leaders demonstrated political courage by taking a stand for the public good in spite of pressure by interest groups, their political party, or even their constituents.
The winner receives $10,000 which includes a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 from John Hancock. The winner and her family are invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston to accept the award and participate in Profile in Courage Award events from May 18 – 20, 2019. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston for the winning student and his parents.
Second-place winner receives a $1,000 cash award. Five finalists receive a $500 cash award.
Eligibility and Application Information
- The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.
- All submissions must adhere to contest requirements.
- The contest deadline is January 18, 2019.
- Topic: Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917. 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.
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