The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation gratefully acknowledges John Hancock for its generous support of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest.
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A checklist to guide your research and writing process. Includes links to Profiles in Courage and other rich resources.
This resource explains the essay topic in more detail and provides helpful guidelines for writing and research.
Formats for in-text citations.
Formats for various types of source material.
Helpful suggestions on note-taking and citations to ensure that you submit original work.
The Profile in Courage Essay Contest opens for submissions on September 1, 2018. The contest deadline is January 18, 2019.
The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; US students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program; and US citizens attending schools overseas.
The first-place winner receives $10,000. Second-place receives $3,000. Five finalists receive $1,000 each. Eight semifinalists receive $100 each. Ten students receive honorable mention.
Submissions are evaluated on content (demonstrated understanding of political courage, originality, supporting evidence, source material) and presentation (quality of writing, organization, conventions.) Includes information about disqualifications.
Resources to help you prepare an excellent essay: Elements of a Strong Essay, Helpful Tips for Writing, Guidelines for Citations and Bibliography, and Criteria for Judging.
The contest opens for registration and submission on September 1, 2018.
Each student participant must have a “nominating teacher” who provides support and advice during the research and writing process. Nominating teachers are asked to proofread students’ essays, make
Answers to frequently asked questions about the contest topic and requirements, citations and bibliography, the role of the nominating teacher, and more.
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 13, 2006 MEDIA CONTACT: Brent Carney (617) 514-1662 Brent.Carney@JFKLFoundation.org www.jfklibrary.org Read Ben Loffredo’s 2006 Winning Essay Boston, MA - Ben Loffredo , a
Daud Shad, a senior at Mountain Lakes High School in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, won the national 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students. Shad's winning essay profiles William Moore McCulloch, a Republican US Congressman from Ohio who played an instrumental role in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, despite fierce opposition from his constituents and many Republican congressmen. Shad was honored at the Kennedy Library on May 8, 2017 and received a $20,000 scholarship award, double the usual first-prize amount in celebration of the JFK Centennial. The first-place winner was a guest at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s May Dinner at which former President Barack Obama received the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
Read the Profile in Courage Essay Contest Press Release U.S. Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) By Tyler Boersen Haslett High School Haslett, Michigan Many associate the word courage with a comic book
Read the Profile in Courage Essay Contest Press Release Governor Howard Dean By Stephanie Dziczek Holmes High School Covington, Kentucky Americans have rewritten the Declaration of Independence a