John F. Kennedy Service Award

Nominations due August 13, 2021

Honoring members of the Peace Corps community for their exceptional contributions towards realizing the mission and goals of the agency.

This year, due to the unique circumstances stemming from the global pandemic, the following JFK Service Awards will be awarded:


About the award

…on your willingness to contribute part of your life to this country, I think will depend the answer whether a free society can compete. I think it can! And I think Americans are willing to contribute.

Senator John F. Kennedy, University of Michigan, October 14, 1960

The Peace Corps John F. Kennedy Service Awards, given every five years, honor President John F. Kennedy’s vision, leadership, and commitment to public service by recognizing Peace Corps staff, Volunteers, and returned Peace Corps Volunteers who have made exceptional contributions towards realizing the mission and goals of the Peace Corps.

One of the signature achievements of President John F. Kennedy was creating the Peace Corps, a new agency and a new opportunity for Americans to serve their country and the world.

Sixty years after President Kennedy signed the executive order establishing the agency on March 1, 1961, the Peace Corps mission and three goals are more relevant than ever.

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans