Contest Sponsors 
The July Fourth Essay Contest on the Importance of Democratic Values is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Description of Contest Objectives
In celebration of the Independence of the United States on July Fourth, the U.S. Embassy in Haiti is pleased to announce an essay competition open to students aged 18 – 24 residing and attending school in Haiti. In keeping with our long commitment to democracy promotion globally, regionally, and in Haiti, students who would like to enter the contest are asked to respond to the following question:
• What are the essential principles of democracy for Haiti’s future and why?
First prize winners will receive an iPad, while books will be awarded to those essays ranking from 6th place to 20th.
Essays should be no more than 500 words and may be submitted in Creole, French, or English. Essays should be submitted by: August 17, 2020
Please submit your essays via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include with your submission your full name, age (please note, do NOT include your birthdate), and an email where you can be reached. Essays will be judged by a panel composed of alumni of U.S. government exchange programs and Public Affairs staff.
Prizes must be picked up by the recipient or a designee at the American Center of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince beginning October 1 and distributions would not occur after Jan 1, 2021.
This competition is only open to Haitian students between the ages of 18 – 24 living and studying in Haiti. No U.S government employees or family members of employees may take part in this competition.
Read more here.
 Throughout the contest rules, the term “sponsors” is used to represent either single or multiple sponsors, where applicable.