2007-12-28 / News

Enter Courage Essay contest

Fidelity Investments, Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (DR. I.) and the Rhode Island Department of Education encourage high school students from around the state to participate in the 2008 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest. The deadline for entries is January 12, 2008.

The annual contest, sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and supported by Fidelity Investments, invites high school students to write a compelling essay about the meaning of political courage. As part of the essay, students must pick a political issue (past or present) at the local, state or national level and an elected official who is acting (or has acted) courageously to address that issue.

The contest is named after 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 Profile in Courage Essay Contest is one of the greatest tributes to my uncle's legacy," said Kennedy. "My uncle inspired a generation of Americans to believe that service to our nation is one of the highest pursuits possible. His words continue to ring true today. It is my hope that, through this contest, our young generation can continue to be inspired by President Kennedy's timeless words of hope. I'd like to thank Fidelity Investments for their continued commitment to this fabulous contest and I encourage all of our state's eligible students to participate."

To participate in the contest, students must have U.S. citizenship and be attending public, private, parochial, home schools, overseas schools, or be enrolled in a high school correspondence program. Last year, the John F. Kennedy Foundation received 1,634 essays from American high schools students in 48 states and from American citizens studying in Great Britain, Guam and Japan.

The first place winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and the student's nominating teacher will receive a John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant in the amount of $500 to be applied toward school projects involving student leadership and civic engagement. A second place winner will receive $1,000 and up to five finalists will each receive $500. The essay contest winner and nominating teacher will receive an expense paid, round-trip to Boston, where they will be honored by Caroline Kennedy and U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) at the annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award ceremony to be held on May 12, 2008. Students and teachers may access complete contest guidelines and other information at www.jfklibrary.org.

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