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 comprised of a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 from John Hancock. The winner and his or her family are invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston in May to accept his/her award. 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 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.

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.