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John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Sponsored by: John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Applicant must fall into one of the following categories: a United States high school student in grade nine through twelve attending a public, private, parochial, or home school; a United States student under the age of 20 enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or the United States territories; a United States citizen attending school overseas. An original and creative essay of less than 1,000 words on the political courage of a United States elected official since 1956 is required as part of the application process. The first-place recipient will be invited to accept the award at the Profile in Courage Award Ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Up to five finalists will receive the minimum award amount.


Application Deadline January 6
Scholarship, Grant, Fellowship or Contest Contest
Number of Applications 2000
Awarded every year? yes
Renewable? no
Must be repaid? no
Required to attend a specific school? no



Max $10,000
Average $1,000
Min $500

Contact Information

Esther Kohn
Coordinator, Profile in Courage Essay Contest
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125 United States

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