The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation awarded two 2022 essay winners, who each received $2,500 scholarships. Sadie LaBonte of Sandwich, a Barnstable High School student and Etzer Lindor, of South Dennis, a Cape Cod Technical High School student were selected from over a dozen submissions.
The Museum Foundation presents the scholarships to students based on essays that illuminate President Kennedy’s famous inaugural quote: “And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” High school seniors shared their personal interpretation of the quote, relating it to their civic engagement experiences, including how those opportunities helped them to become better citizens.
“The selection committee was so inspired by the stories of successfully overcoming challenges that Ms. LaBonte’s and Mr. Lindor’s essays rose to the top,” said Anne-Marie Litchfield, foundation vice-chair, and member of the review committee. “They give us great hope for the future,” she said.
“Scholarship funds were generated by donations of visitors to the museum and a gift made by a generous donor, said Wendy Northcross, executive director. “We are very pleased to have restored this important program,” she said.
The essays are shared on www.jfkhyannismuseum.org.
The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation preserves and promotes the legacy of President Kennedy, his family, and their deep connection to Cape Cod. The museum located at 397 Main Street is open year ’round.