The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award®

2023 Profile in Courage Award

The 2023 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award® was presented to five women Senators from South Carolina – Katrina Shealy, Margie Bright Matthews, Mia McLeod, Sandy Senn, and Penry Gustafson – who formed a bipartisan coalition to filibuster a near-total abortion ban in their state. Learn more about the award for the South Carolina State Senators.

A special International Profile in Courage Award honored South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for working to improve relations between their countries despite domestic opposition stemming from historical issues. Learn more about the award for the Leaders of South Korea and Japan.

Watch the 2023 Ceremony

On Sunday, October 29, 2023, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her children, Jack Schlossberg and Tatiana Schlossberg, members of the Profile in Courage Award Committee, presented the awards in a live-streamed ceremony.

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Quick Facts

Learn more about the Profile in Courage Award.

  • 60

    Total Profile in Courage Awards

  • 26

    Youngest Awardee

    Joseph Darby

  • 90

    Oldest Awardee

    George H.W. Bush

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