John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Nominations


Today, courageous leadership is more important than ever before. 

President Kennedy believed that political courage – standing up for the greater good despite political and personal consequences – is an essential quality of elected office. In his book, Profiles in Courage, he told the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers by embracing unpopular positions that served the country’s best interests.

Each year, the Foundation honors President Kennedy by recognizing brave elected leaders across the country with the Profile in Courage Award. When faced with looming challenges, past recipients made decisions of conscience over political convenience or personal well-being.

Nominations are now open!