For Immediate Release: November 4, 2003
Further information: Ann Scanlon (617) 514-1662
Andy Solomon (617) 496-4009

BOSTON—The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and Harvard University’s Institute of Politics announced the creation of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards today at a luncheon at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum attended by public servants, representatives of community-service organizations, and students.

Each year, beginning fall 2004, the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards will be presented to American public servants under the age of 40 whose professional achievements demonstrate the impact and the value of public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy. The awards will be given to one elected and one non-elected public servant each year.

"President Kennedy inspired generations of young people to public service. This award will continue that inspiration by recognizing outstanding young political leaders of the future," said John Shattuck, CEO of the Kennedy Library Foundation. "We are pleased to partner with the Institute of Politics in this venture to the New Frontier of political leadership."

"The New Frontier Award celebrates the extraordinary achievements of those young people who have answered President Kennedy’s call to public service and embraced his positive vision of political and community activism," said Dan Glickman, Director of the Institute of Politics.

A distinguished bipartisan committee of political and community leaders will select individuals for the awards based on their contributions to the public and their embodiment of the forward-looking public idealism to which President Kennedy hoped young Americans would aspire. Members of the public, and peers, colleagues, and friends of public servants and community activists may make nominations for the awards. For information on qualifications for the New Frontier Award and how to nominate an individual, interested parties may access the Kennedy Library and Museum web page at To submit a nomination, interested parties may mail appropriate information to The John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125.

In 1963, at Vanderbilt University, President Kennedy said:

…The educated citizen has an obligation to serve the public. He may be a precinct worker or President. He may give his talents at the courthouse, the state house, the White House. He may be a civil servant or a Senator, a candidate or a campaign worker, a winner or a loser. But he must be a participant and not a spectator… I would hope that all educated citizens would fulfill this obligation… You will find the pressures greater than the pay. You may endure more public attacks than support. But you will have the unequalled satisfaction of knowing that your character and talent are contributing to the direction and success of this free society.

The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum is a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration and supported, in part, by the Kennedy Library Foundation, a non-profit organization. The Kennedy Library and the Kennedy Library Foundation seek to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history, and culture, the process of governing and the importance of public service. 

Harvard's Institute of Politics was established in 1966 with an endowment from the John F. Kennedy Library Corporation to inspire students, particularly undergraduates, to enter careers in politics and public service, and to promote greater understanding and cooperation between the academic community and the political world.