Special Awards to Celebrate the JFK Centennial

This contest season marks the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's birth. To celebrate the JFK Centennial, special prizes will be awarded to the top 25 students (for this year only).

  • The winner receives $20,000, a joint prize from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and 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.

  • Eighteen essayists receive JFK Centennial awards of $100.

  • 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.