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    JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

    Offered by John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Aug 3, 2023
    Multiple awards worth up to

    $10,000

    Grade level

    High School Students

    Expected deadline:

    This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

    January 2025

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a U.S. high school student with a love for U.S. history? If so, we may have the perfect opportunity for you: the JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest! Each year, the contest awards up to $10,000 to winning applicants who submit 700 – 1,000 word essays following the year’s prompt. Each year’s prompt relates to U.S. history, with this year’s being: “Describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born.” The scholarship is offered by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

    If you love U.S. history and want to put your writing skills and history knowledge to the test, we encourage you to apply!

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    High School Students

    Citizenship

    U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents

    Academic Interest

    Political Science

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application in addition to the below application materials. Bear in mind that applicants must also have a “nominating teacher” who are currently teaching at the same high school as the applicant. Nominating teachers are responsible for providing advice and support to the student throughout the application process.

    1,000-word essay

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship open to international students?

    No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum at [email protected].

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    No, the JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest is not renewable.

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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