The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum has an annual Profile in Courage Essay Contest for 9-12th graders.
Please click here to learn more.
The 2021 essay topic (entry deadline was 1/15/2021) was: “Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.” There are other requirements about style, sources, and a faculty recommendation. Click here for more information.
For Bard students, we add one other element: The “act of political courage” addressed has to be countering hatred.
Students must follow the JFK submission process AND ALSO email a copy of their JFK entry to Kenneth Stern, director of the Bard Center for The Study of Hate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regardless of whether students won one of the JFK awards (which range from $10,000 to $100), BCSH also recognizes the three top Bard student entries, with cash awards as follows: First prize — $200 Second prize — $100 Third prize — $50.
We’ll post the requirements for the 2022 prize in the fall of 2021.
BCSH is proud to announce the 2021 winners among Bard submissions:
1st Place — Aurora Donahue, for an essay on Warren G. Harding.
2nd Place — Kechelle Settle, for an essay on Jeannette Rankin.
3rd Place (two winners) —
Munshi Nadim, for an essay on Adam Clayton Powell.
and Justus Williams, for an essay on Walter Washington.