Would You Go Against the Crowd to Do What is Right?
“In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience…each man must decide for himself the course he will follow.” John F. Kennedy
Every year, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation offers the Profile in Courage Essay Contest where high school students are given the chance to write a new profile in courage that analyzes the actions of an elected official who bravely faced a political issue on a local or national level.
The inspiration for this contest comes from John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage. In Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize winning book, he described the courageous deeds of 8 U.S. Senators, who faced many obstacles to achieve what they believed was right for the citizens of the United States.
All students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. Students under the age of 20 who are enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program also are eligible.
The award for first-place is $5,000. Second-place will receive $1,000, and up to 5 finalist will receive $500 each.
January 10, 2009 is the deadline for the contest. Submissions may be sent via e-mail or via regular mail. For complete guidelines about the 2009 Profile in Courage Essay Contest, please visit http://www.jfkcontest.org/.
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