Humanitarian, pol win JFK public service awards

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Associated Press

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 9:34 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The founder of a Detroit nonprofit that makes coats for the homeless that convert into sleeping bags and the first woman to lead either party in Georgia's General Assembly have won public service awards bearing President John F. Kennedy's name.

Twenty-three-year-old humanitarian Veronika Scott and 38-year-old Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams accepted their New Frontier Awards on Monday at a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston.

The late president's daughter, Caroline Kennedy, says it's inspiring that her father's call to public service is still being answered by people like the award winners.

Awarded jointly by the JFK Library Foundation and Harvard's Institute of Politics, the annual prizes go to people younger than 40 whose service exemplifies JFK's spirit.

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