Profile in Courage essay contest open until Jan. 15

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The annual Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open until Jan. 15 for submissions from high school students.

The contest is named for and emulates the 1956 book by then-Sen. John F. Kennedy, a collection of eight short biographies of other U.S. Senators.

Essays should describe the political courage of an elected official who served during or since 1917. They should be 700 to 1,000 words long, not counting citations and bibliography.

Full details and rules are available at the JFK Library Profile in Courage Essay Contest page. Teachers can download a Helpful Tips classroom poster.

The first-place winner receives $10,000. Second place receives $3,000, with $1,000 each for five finalists and $100 for each of eight semifinalists. Ten students will receive an honorable mention.

The contest is open to U.S. high school students and homeschoolers, students under age 20 enrolled in a high school correspondence or GED program, and U.S. citizens attending high school in other countries.

Previous winners and finalists are not eligible. Nor are employees of contest sponsor John Hancock Financial Services or their families.

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