The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation Board presented its annual scholarships during a reception on July 19th. Recipients of each $2500 scholarship were Sadie O’Conor and Jack Manning. The Museum foundation received fifty-four essays from all seventeen high schools on Cape Cod and the Islands.
The Museum Foundation presents the scholarships to students based on essays that explain 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 share their personal interpretation of the quote, relating it to their civic engagement experiences, including how those opportunities help them to become better citizens.
Sadie O’Conor shared her commitment to volunteerism including at her school being a Reach Out Leader, a choral assistant, and Secretary of the Student Council. She also shared her four-year commitment to A Baby Center in Hyannis, where her volunteer work helped young children living in challenging circumstances. Sadie will be attending The College of the Holy Cross this fall, and the Museum Foundation Board looks forward to hearing how her volunteer commitments continue in college.
Jack Manning’s essay showed a deep understanding of President Kennedy’s legacy of civic engagement and included his four years of dedicated service to the Sandwich Shooting Stars Basketball Program and the Street Reach Organization at the Federated Church in Hyannis. “If all people look to find what they can do for their country instead of what it can do for them, everyone benefits.” Jack shared that these experiences have made him a better citizen, and the Museum Foundation Board is confident that civic engagement will be an integral part of his experience at Providence College.
The Museum Foundation’s Board of Directors congratulates Sadie and Jack. The Board members look forward to awarding two $2500 scholarships again in the near future.