About the Scholarship

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

The award identifies a public official at the federal, state, or local level who demonstrate the politically courageous leadership in the spirit of this award.  All essays will be judged on the uniqueness of the topic and the communication of ideas through language.


 How to be part of this contest?

  • A candidate must fill in the online application form that can be found on the official website.

  • To enter this contest, students must write an essay addressing the topic listed on the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation website.

  • An essay must be unique, creative, and demonstrate an understanding of political courage as described in 'Profiles in Courage' book.

  • Applicants should use a variety of sources such as newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.

  • The essay must be between 700 and 1,000 words in length. All applicants must attach a bibliography citing the sources used in writing the essay.

  • It is recommended that students use five or more sources. Essays with five or less listed sources or essays which rely solely on Internet sources will be disqualified. Essays without a bibliography will also be disqualified.


Award Amount and Deadline

The scholarship award amounts to $10000 available to 7 applicants per annum.

The deadline date for this scholarship is fixed on 18th January.

Candidates are advised to submit their application form along with the essay to the concerned department before the deadline to avoid their application getting rejected.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be a high school student in grades nine through twelve attending a public, private, parochial, or home school located in the United States, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories.

  • U.S. students who are under the age of 20 enrolled in a high school correspondence program in any states who are attending schools overseas are also eligible for the scholarship.

  • A candidate must submit all the records proving they are eligible United States citizens.


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