John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Kansas City, MO (PressExposure) October 27, 2011 -- M E D I A R E L E A S E

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For Immediate Release

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced today that the national John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest, with a first place prize totaling $10,000, is now open and accepting submissions from U.S. high school students. The deadline for entries is Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Students and teachers may access the contest's website by visiting the Profile in Courage Essay Contest at

The annual Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites students from across the nation to write an essay describing an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1956. The essay contest is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and generously supported by John Hancock Financial.

The contest is a companion program of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award™, named for President Kennedy's 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, which recounts the stories of eight senators who risked their careers by taking principled stands for unpopular positions.

The winner of this competitive annual contest will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize and an additional $5,000 to grow in a John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. The student's nominating teacher is awarded a John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant in the amount of $500 to be applied toward school projects involving student leadership and civic engagement. The essay contest winner and nominating teacher will also receive an expense paid round-trip to Boston, where they will be honored by Caroline Kennedy at the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award ceremony in May of 2012. A second place winner receives $1,000 and up to five finalists each receive $500.

"This national essay contest fittingly honors President Kennedy, who believed deeply in the power of the individual and the promise of our nation's young people," said Tom McNaught, Executive Director of the Kennedy Library Foundation.

Visit Suzanne Lieurance at [] and learn more about John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest.

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