2020 John F. Kennedy Make a Difference Award

What is the Make a Difference Award?

Every year the Kennedy Library recognizes up to 100 middle school students from across Massachusetts with the John F. Kennedy Make a Difference Award for the impact they have made in their communities through service projects. 

The award is given to students who are nominated by teachers or principals for contributions they have made to their neighborhood, town, or community.

Projects for which students received awards in previous years include helping fellow students with disabilities, working at local food pantries and senior centers, organizing recycling projects, raising funds for autism and childhood cancer research, and fundraising for children in Uganda and Haiti.

Who is Eligible?

All middle school students (grades 6-8) participating in unique community service projects are eligible. School personnel should give special consideration to students who have distinguished themselves through their service work. Awards will be given to the first 100 names submitted. Previous award winners are not eligible.

Submit a Nomination

The deadline to nominate students is March 17, 2020. Please note that only two students per school may be nominated.

Download a PDF of the submission form.

Please e-mail completed forms to mackenzie.brown@nara.gov or mail them to:

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston MA 02125


This year’s ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.