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John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation Scholarship Essay Contest

“And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” – President John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation invites Cape and Islands high school seniors to participate in an essay competition to explain the meaning of this famous quote from President Kennedy’s inaugural address, relating the quote to your civic engagement experiences.

Essay must include:

  •  An introduction that outlines the main ideas of your essay, including your personal interpretation of President Kennedy’s famous Inaugural quote.
  • A description of your own civic engagement experiences and how those efforts relate to trying to make a difference in your community, state, and/or country.
  • Explain how these experiences will shape your future.
  • 150-250 words in length


  • The winner will be asked to read their essay at the museum on the President’s birthday, Sunday, May 29, 2022, subject to student availability. Alternatively, this may be presented by Zoom.
  • All contestants agree to allow the museum to publish their essays on the museum website.
  • Scholarship(s) will be paid to the student directly upon proof of acceptance to college or institution.
  • The deadline to apply is March 31, 2022, by sending an attachment containing the essay to
  • Transmit by email the following information:
    • Student name
    • Home address
    • Cell phone number
    • Email address
    • College acceptance letter copy
    • Or attach a copy of your school’s scholarship application

The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 (A1) non profit organization.

Have Questions?  Contact Wendy Northcross, Museum Director at

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