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John F. Kennedy Memorial Award

John F Kennedy

Our class created the John F. Kennedy Memorial Award to encourage well-qualified students to enter careers in government or other fields of public service. The award is presented each year to a graduating senior planning a life dedicated to public service.

The award is an effort to further President Kennedy’s intense interest in realizing the leadership potential of America’s youth as evidenced by the creation of such programs as the Peace Corps and the White House Summer Seminar.

Our class founded this award during our senior year at Cornell. Over the years we have awarded it to an outstanding group of Cornellians, many of whom have continued to contribute to public service in the spirit of John F. Kennedy.

JFK Award Video

Hear six JFK Awardees speak about what our award has meant to them... and much more
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I'm sure you'll enjoy reading about what this award has accomplished. And enjoy this video featuring several awardees produced for our 45th class reunion.

Cynthia Wolloch
Vice President
John F. Kennedy Memorial Award

JFK Award Committee

  • Timothy Davis
  • Jared Genser '95, JFK Awardee
  • Judie Pink Gorra
  • Susie Mair Holden
  • Joyce West '86, JFK Awardee
  • Cynthia Wolloch

Former Vice Presidents, JFK Award

  • Joan Melville
  • Mike Newman

Special thanks to the Cornell Public Service Center, which has championed student volunteerism since 1981.