JFK Library and Museum’s Profile in Courage Essay Contest (with Bard Awards for Essays about confronting hate)

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 2020 essay topic is: “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 kstern@bard.edu.

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.

Deadline for submission is January 17, 2020.

The 2019 winners among Bard submissions:

First Place: Darya Foroohar from BHSEC Manhattan — who wrote about Bella Abzug.

Second Place: Mica Rajakumar from BHSEC Queens — who wrote about Harvey Milk.

Third Place: Miguel Pena from BHSEC Queens — who wrote about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.