• The winner receives $10,000 comprised of a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 from John Hancock. The winner and her/his family are invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston in May to accept her/his award. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston for the winning student and her/his parents.

  • Second-place winner receives a $1,000 cash award.

  • Five finalists receive a $500 cash award.

  • All winners receive a hardcover copy of Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy.

  • The nominating teacher of the first-place winner is also invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to receive the John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant in the amount of $500 for school projects encouraging student leadership and civic engagement. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston.

All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.

Winners and finalists will be notified by March 31. All participants will receive a letter announcing the winners and finalists by May 15.

Please do not call the Kennedy Presidential Library for information about the status of your essay.