John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation 2019 Scholarship Essay Contest
The global effects of Covid-19 continue to evolve and impact us all, including the museum, which is currently closed. As a result of the closure, the Education Committee will not be able to host the 2020 Scholarship Essay Contest. We look forward to re-instituting our scholarship in 2021. We wish the 2020 high school graduates the very best as you forge ahead with your plans. Please continue to be civically engaged and let your voices be heard!
“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 own civic engagement experiences.
Essays Must Include:
* An introduction that outlines the main ideas of your essay, including your personal interpretation of President Kennedy’s famous Inaugural quote.
* An explanation of your own civic engagement experiences, and how these experiences have helped you become a better citizen today.
* A description of how your civic engagement experiences and efforts relate to President Kennedy’s goal of trying to make a difference in your community, state, and/or country, and how these experiences will shape your future.
* 300-500 words in length
* A completed JFK Composition Application, available at:
* A postmark or email date no later than Monday, April 1st, 2019. Emailed compositions must be submitted as attachments.
* Two winners will receive scholarships of $2500.
* There is a limit of one winner from any school.
Entries must be received by Monday, April 1st, 2019:
* Mailed entries should be addressed to Emily Mezzetti, Education Director,
John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum,
397 Main Street, PO Box 2488,
Hyannis, MA 02601-2488 *
Emailed entries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum Foundation is a 501-(c) (3) (A1) nonprofit organization.
2018 Scholarships Recipients
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 2019. The application will be posted in January 2019, with essays due in late March. The Museum looks forward to reading about the wonderful commitment to civic engagement of members of the Cape and Islands’ class of 2019.