2006 JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Accepting Submissions from U.S. High School Students
Boston, MA- The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced today that the
2006 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is now open and
accepting submissions from U.S. high school students enrolled in grades
nine through twelve. The deadline for entries is Saturday, January 7, 2006.
Students and teachers may access the contest s website at
The annual Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites students from across
the nation to write an essay about a political issue at the local, state or
national level and an elected official in the United States who is acting
or has acted courageously to address that issue. The contest is a companion
program of the Profile in Courage Award, named for President Kennedy s 1957
Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, which recounts the
stories of American statesmen, the obstacles they faced, and the special
valor they demonstrated despite the risks. The essay contest is sponsored
by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and generously supported by
The winner of this competitive annual contest is awarded a $3,000 cash
prize. The student s nominating teacher receives a John F. Kennedy Public
Service Grant in the amount of $500 to be applied toward school projects
involving student leadership and civic engagement. These honors are
bestowed upon the winner and nominating teacher at the annual Profile in
Courage Award ceremony hosted by Caroline Kennedy and U.S. Senator Edward
M. Kennedy each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
The 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 John Shattuck, CEO of the Kennedy Library Foundation. It is
gratifying to see how readily students today can identify and understand
acts of political courage and their importance in our democratic society.
We are pleased to support this contest to encourage student leadership and
civic engagement, said Doug Reed, senior vice president of Regional
Management and Public Affairs for Fidelity Investments. This national
contest for high school students is a reflection of our commitment to
education, literacy, and civic involvement.
Last year, the Kennedy Library Foundation received 2,459 essays from
students across the country, including all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and
overseas American schools in Guam, France, and Korea. Allie Comet, a
17-year old senior at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and Kevin
Zhou, a 16-year old junior from Monte Vista School in Danville, California,
shared the top honors in 2005 s Profile in Courage Essay Contest.
Comet s winning essay illustrated the political courage displayed by
Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., who was called upon by President Kennedy to
testify in support of the groundbreaking civil rights legislation the
President was urging Congress in enact. Zhou s winning essay detailed the
political courage of Humboldt County, California District Attorney Paul V.
Gallegos, who confronted the environmental practices of Pacific Lumber
Company, the region s largest and most influential private employer.
Fidelity first began supporting the national essay contest in 2001, and has
helped to extend the program by promoting and by providing technical
assistance for the development and management of the contest website at
The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a private, non-profit
organization that provides financial support, staffing, and creative
resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a
presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records
Administration. The Kennedy Library Foundation and the Kennedy Presidential
Library and Museum seek to promote, through educational and community
programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics,
history, and culture, the process of governing and the importance of public
service. For more information about the Kennedy Library Foundation and the
Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, visit
Brent R. Carney
Director of Communications
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Boston, Massachusetts 02125
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