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John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards to Honor
Young Americans for Exceptional Public Service


November 5, 2003
Wednesday - 1:20 am

Boston - Harvard University's Institute of Politics and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced on Tuesday the creation of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards to recognize young Americans who have changed their communities and their country through their commitment to public service. The New Frontier Awards celebrate President John F. Kennedy's legacy of promoting young Americans' political involvement.

Each year, the awards will honor two Americans under the age of 40 who have effected positive change in their communities and this country through their work as elected officials, advocates, or community activists. A bipartisan panel of distinguished public servants will select one elected official and one non-elected public servant under the age of 40 each year, from a pool of candidates chosen through an open nomination process. The first New Frontier Awards will be given in the fall of 2004, and annually every fall thereafter.

A distinguished bipartisan committee of political and community leaders will select individuals for the awards based on their contributions to the public and their embodiment of the forward-looking public idealism to which President Kennedy hoped young Americans would aspire. Members of the public, and peers, colleagues, and friends of public servants and community activists may make nominations for the awards.

Dan Glickman, Director of the Institute of Politics, and John Shattuck, CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, made the announcement today at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. They were joined by young leaders in politics and public service organizations throughout Boston, elected officials and local dignitaries, and representatives of service and political organizations.

"The New Frontier Awards celebrate the extraordinary achievements of those young people who have answered President Kennedy's call to public service and embraced his positive vision of political and community activism," said Glickman.

"President Kennedy inspired generations of young people to public service. This award will continue that inspiration by recognizing outstanding young political leaders of the future," said John Shattuck, CEO of the Kennedy Library Foundation. "We are pleased to partner with the Institute of Politics in this venture to the New Frontier of political leadership."

Speaking in 1963 at Vanderbilt University, President Kennedy outlined the spirit of public service that these awards will recognize. He said, "The educated citizen has an obligation to serve the public. He may be a precinct worker or President. He may give his talents at the courthouse, the state house, the White House. He may be a civil servant or a Senator, a candidate or a campaign worker, a winner or a loser. But he must be a participator and not a spectator."

Information on qualifications and nominations for the New Frontier Awards will be posted at and To submit a nomination, interested parties may mail appropriate information to The John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, or email the appropriate information to



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