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Students are invited to enter the Marquis de Lafayette Essay Contest sponsored by American Friends of Lafayette, which awards a $250 prize to the author of the best essay about the Marquis de Lafayette.

Essays should be on a subject related to one or more of the Marquis de Lafayette’s military, diplomatic, and/or humanitarian efforts and triumphs during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in America and Europe. The prize will be awarded at the Honors Convocation in April.

Essays must be written and submitted by an enrolled student of Lafayette College, 1,000 to 2,000 words in length, and submitted by computer disk or email in Word or WordPerfect format (or typewritten and double-spaced). Entries must be submitted by March 1, 2003, and be addressed to The American Friends of Lafayette Essay Contest Selection Committee, c/o Philip Schroeder, 316 Markle Hall. Questions about the contest may be directed to Schroeder at x5200 or

The essays are judged by a committee appointed by the president of the American Friends of Lafayette, which includes at least one current or emeritus Lafayette faculty member.

For more information on American Friends of Lafayette, visit

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