Jamie Baer, first-place winner of the 2013 Profile in Courage Essay Contest and Al Hunt, Chair of the Profile in Courage Award committee

The winner receives $10,000 -- a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 to grow in a John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. The winner and his or her family are invited to attend  the Profile in Courage Award ceremony to accept his/her award. The ceremony is held in May at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston  for the winning student and his or her parents.

A second place winner receives a $1,000 cash award.

Up to five finalists each receive a $500 cash award.

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 attend the Profile in Courage Award ceremony and will 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.

All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.

Winners and finalists will be notified by March 31. All participants will receive a letter announcing the winners and finalists by May 15.

Please do not call the Kennedy Presidential Library for information about the status of your essay.