Profiles In Courage Essay Registration Mark

The JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest is currently available to high school students of U.S. The Essay Contest invites students to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. elected official who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient.

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to the memory of our nation’s thirty-fifth president and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum preserves and provides access to historical materials related to President Kennedy

Eligibility:

  • The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools
  • U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories
  • U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate
  • Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate

How to Apply:

  • For applying the scholarship, the candidates must submit an essay that describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official that occurred during or after 1956, the publication date of Profiles in Courage
  • The applicants check Contest Information and Topic Guidelines and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information

Submitting Details:

  • The candidates can submit essay on-line by completing Registration and Submission Form.
  • The candidates can mail the essay with the registration form at the given address:

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125

Award Amount:

The winner of this competitive annual contest is awarded a $10,000 prize.

Application Deadline:

Essay submissions for the 2016 contest will be accepted starting September 1, 2015. The contest deadline is Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

Link for More Information:

http://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is celebrating the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth through Profile in Courage Essay Contest. The essay contest challenges high school students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. The first-place prize of $20,000 and cash awards for the top 25 essays will be given to the winning candidates.

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Eligibility:

  • The contest is open to the United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools
  • S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories
  • S. citizens attending schools overseas
  • Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate
  • Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate

How to Apply:

To be applying for the essay contest, the applicants must write an original and creative essay on the following topic.

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. 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.

Essay Requirements:

  • Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.
  • Essays must be the original work of the student.
  • John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.
  • JFK Centennial Year Contest Topic: Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level.
  • Essays about past recipients of the Profile in Courage Award will be disqualified unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given.
  • Essays must have a minimum of five sources.

Submitting Details:

You can submit your essay in one of the following ways:

  • Submit your essay via mail
  1. Complete the online Registration Form when you have completed your essay https://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest/Registration-and-Submission/Registration-and-Submission-Form.aspx
  2. Print out the completed online registration form along with two hard copies of your essay. Your essay must be typed, double-spaced, and printed only on one side of the paper.
  3. Attach your registration form to only one copy of your essay. Your second copy should contain no personal identification information.

Please mail to:

John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125

Award Amount:

The contest season marks the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth. To celebrate the JFK Centennial, special prizes will be awarded to the top 25 students (for this year only).

  • The winner receives $20,000, a joint prize from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and John Hancock. The winner and her/his family are invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston in May to accept her/his award. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston for the winning student and her/his parents.
  • Second-place winner receives a $1,000 cash award.
  • Five finalists receive a $500 cash award.
  • Eighteen essayists receive JFK Centennial awards of $100.
  • All winners receive a hardcover copy of Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy.
  • The nominating teacher of the first-place winner is also invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to receive the John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant in the amount of $500 for school projects encouraging student leadership and civic engagement. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston.

Application Deadline:

The 2017 contest deadline is January 4, 2017.

Link for More Information:

https://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx

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