Essay Contest

2012 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Write an original and creative essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. All United States high school students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible.

The first-place winner receives a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 to grow in a John Hancock Freedom 529 College Savings Plan. Second place winner receives a $1,000 cash award and up to five finalists each receive a $500 cash award.

All students must register online. Essays can be submitted online (preferred) or via regular mail by the postmark date of: JANUARY 7, 2012.

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