Student Essay Competitions

1. The annual John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites high school students from across the nation to write an original essay about an elected official who has demonstrated political courage.  The contest is based on President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, which recounts the stories of eight senators, the obstacles they faced, and the special valor they demonstrated despite the risks.  Winning essayists will receive awards totaling up to $8,500. The first-place winner will be invited to accept the award at the Profile in Courage Award Ceremony hosted each May by Caroline Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.  For more information on this contest go to

2. The First Freedom Student Competition is a national essay contest, offering high-school students an opportunity to compete for a $3,000, $1,500 and $750 awards, as they examine religious freedom, its history, current importance, and relevance in their lives.  The right to religious freedom is set forth in constitutional and international human rights law.  For more information on this contest go to