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Profile in Courage Essay Contest $10,000 award

posted Sep 17, 2013, 8:04 AM by Larissa Little
Challenge your students to write the next profile in courage.
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Encourage your students to participate in the 2014 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest. The contest provides a unique opportunity to integrate lessons in history, writing, and current events while addressing national standards in social studies and language arts.

Contest topic: In 1,000 words or less, describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. official who served during or after 1956.
John F. Kennedy graduates from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 1940
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The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2014.
The winner receives$10,000 -- a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 to grow in a John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. The winner and his or her family are invited to attend  the Profile in Courage Award ceremony to accept his/her award. The ceremony is held in May at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston  for the winning student and his or her parents.

A second place winner receives a $1,000 cash award. 

Up to five finalists each receive a $500 cash award. 

All winners receive a hardcover copy of Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy.