Who's Eligible: High school students in grades 9-12
Award Amount: Up to $10,000
Due Date: January 7
Ready those pens and get to writing. The student who composes the best 1,000-word essay (excluding citations) that describes "an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official that occurred during or after 1956, the publication date of Profiles in Courage" walks away with $10,000. The teacher who nominated the student walks away with $500. Students must be nominated by a current or former teacher from their high school and submissions will be judged on how much the essay reflects originality, thoughtfulness, critical thinking, convincing arguments, and a thorough understanding of the topic. If you need some ideas, check out Shmoop's biographies of John F. Kennedy and others.