Please read contest information and topic guidelines carefully before submitting your essay. Essays must meet contest requirements to qualify for evaluation.

Please read the following instructions carefully

Submit your essay online (preferred method)

Please complete the Registration and Submission Form online. We request that you register when you are ready to submit your essay. Copy the text of your essay and bibliography from your original document and paste it into the designated boxes on the online submission form. To correctly format your essay and bibliography, make sure you insert an extra carriage return between paragraphs and after each entry on your bibliography (hit twice on your keyboard.) Citations must be in parenthetical form within the essay. Footnotes can not be submitted.


Submit your essay via mail

All students are required to complete the Registration and Submission Form regardless of whether they submit their essay online or via regular mail. We recommend that you register when you are ready to mail your essay.

Submit your essay via regular mail by printing 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. 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

Mailed essays must be postmarked by January 5, 2015.

Note to teachers

If your students are participating as part of a class project, please note that all students are asked to register for the contest online.

You have the choice of either asking your students to submit their essays through our online submission form (preferred method) or send hard copies of their essays via mail service. To submit via mail service, simply attach a copy of each student's registration form (which they may print out after completing it online) to a copy of their essay. Students are also required to include a second copy of their essay containing no personal identification information. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and printed only on one side of the paper.