The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to participate in The Profile in Courage Essay Contest. Students are asked to write an essay on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1956. The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to grapple with the big ideas in Kennedy's Profiles in Courage: "What is political courage? Which elected officials have risked their careers to take a stand for what is right?" With important themes and an opportunity to combine social studies and English courses, this annual contest is a wonderful way to turn an essay assignment into an opportunity for meaningful reflection, rigorous research and effecting writing.
The foundation's website is filled with helpful information for teachers and tips for preparing and writing a winning essay.
Your students will find inspiring stories in John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage.
The first-place winner receives $10,000. Contest deadline: January 5, 2015. For more information on the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Profile in Courage Essay Contest click here!