The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award®

About the Award

The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award was created in 1989 by members of President Kennedy's family to honor President John F. Kennedy and to recognize and celebrate the quality of political courage that he admired most.

The award recognizes a public official (or officials) at the federal, state, or local level whose actions demonstrate the qualities of politically courageous leadership in the spirit of Profiles in Courage, President Kennedy's 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which recounts the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers by embracing unpopular positions for the greater good.

Award nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis. Nominations received after February 15th of each year will be rolled over for consideration the following year.

Please review and consider the Award Criteria to determine whether the person you wish to nominate would be an appropriate recipient of the Profile in Courage Award.

2019 Profile in Courage Award Recipient

The 2019 Profile in Courage Award went to Speaker Nancy Pelosi for putting the national interest above her party's interest to expand access to health care for all Americans and then, against a wave of political attacks, leading the effort to retake the majority and elect the most diverse Congress in our nation's history.

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Quick Facts

Learn more about the Profiles in Courage Award.

  • 52

    Total Profile in Courage Awards

  • 26

    Youngest Awardee

    Joseph Darby

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