JFK's Grandson Jack Schlossberg: 5 Things to Know About Him

The President's only grandson finishes his final exams – and assumes the Kennedy mantle his way

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Jack Schlossberg, 22, the youngest child of Caroline Kennedy and Ed Schlossberg – and the only grandson of JFK and Jackie Kennedy – had people talking at Sunday’s Profile in Courage Awards.

While he has the pedigree, the name (his middle names are Bouvier and Kennedy, after all) and yes, the hair, for future stardom, he’s put his own twist on the family’s legacy so far. Here’s five things to know about him:

1. In a family rooted in tradition, Schlossberg, who will graduate from Yale this month with a major in history, concentrating on Japanese history, keeps it casual. At the Profile in Courage Awards at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston (he’s on the awards committee), he wore untied dress shoes and sported doodles on his right hand while schmoozing with various politicos. “He’s very much his own person,” says a Yale pal. “He’s just Jack.”

2. He’s passionate about the environment. Last summer, he worked at a toxic-waste-removal company as an environmental technician, doing hazardous waste removal – cleaning out oil tanks and cleaning up spills around Boston. At Sunday’s event, he spoke passionately about climate change: “My generation has grown up with this disaster looming ahead. From the sidelines, we’ve felt helplessly frustrated as our leaders have failed to address this great problem that we know exactly how to solve.”

3. He writes entertaining – and at times, random – blogs for The Yale Herald. In an unscientific sampling, he’s covered topics such as Dennis Rodman’s North Korea trip and Mardi Gras and pretentious places to study. (Of course, he’s also written more serious pieces, such as a 2011 op-ed in The New York Times about his grandfather’s legacy.)

4. He’s got the family’s trademark hair. Thick, dark, slightly out of control. “He has a lot of hair,” says his friend. “I don’t notice it. Maybe other people do.”

5. He’s a man of many talents. He volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Connecticut. “He wanted to do something good for the community, to give back,” says his Yale friend. He’s also performed stand-up comedy in the past. “He does great impressions,” says his pal. “He would put on a Boston accent and gives fake awards to people, ‘The Boston Oscars’ for whatever he’d see in the audience. He’s very funny.”

People who know Schlossberg say he’s a lot like his uncle John F. Kennedy Jr., who died in 1999. “Jack is very much interested in John,” a friend of John’s told PEOPLE. “He has an ease and a sense of humor. And he loves being compared to him. John was a rare kind of celebrity who grew up with being famous and had fun with it and didn’t let it take over his life.” Adds Schlossberg’s college friend: “He’s not walking around with a big sign over his head. He’s not spending a lot of time thinking about his family’s legacy. It’s something he’s proud of, but it doesn’t define him.”

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