PEACE FIRST PRIZE® OFFICIAL RULES
The Peace First Prize (the “Peace First Prize”) begins on December 1, 2012 (the “Peace First Prize Start Date”) and the deadline to nominate an individual or submit an application for the Peace First Prize is April 12, 2013 (the “Peace First Prize End Date”) (such period referred to herein as the “Peace First Prize Period”). The Peace First Prize is sponsored by Peace First, Inc. (“Peace First”) located at 25 Kingston Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02111.
HOW TO ENTER:
Participants may enter the Peace First Prize by completing the application made available by Peace First. Participants may submit a hard copy of the application by following the instructions on the application. Alternatively, participants may submit their application, including any video content, electronically by following the instructions at www.peacefirst.org (the “Website”). If an individual is nominated following April 5, 2013 but prior to the Peace First Prize End Date, then such individual will have seven days from the date of nomination to complete and submit his or her application to Peace First.
Up to five winners (also referred to as “Peace First Fellows”) will be selected and awarded a “Peace First Fellowship”, which reflects Peace First’s commitment to investing in the leadership of youth peacemakers. As a Peace First Fellow, winners will be entitled to a $50,000 award disbursed at Peace First’s discretion in multiple disbursements over a two year period, in the form of an educational scholarship, a contribution to a non-profit entity with which the winner is affiliated or such other form as Peace First may determine in its sole discretion to support two important goals:
(a) Contributing to the winner’s education and professional development; and
(b) Supporting the winner’s ongoing peacemaking work.
Winners will be expected to serve as a Peace First Fellow for a term of two years, and the provision of the monetary award and any disbursement may be subject to successful performance of the Peace First Fellowship duties and obligations and, if the contribution is being made to a non-profit entity, the good standing and continuing mission of such entity. Designed as an intensive two-year training program, the Peace First Fellowship may include: a structured curriculum, individual coaching, connection with other Peace First Fellows, and mentoring from business and community leaders. Peace First Fellows will be brought together to strengthen peer learning and professional development and will serve as national spokespersons for peace.
Additional terms and conditions may apply to winner’s use of the prize, including that the scholarship be applied only toward tuition and fees in connection with at least a two year degree at a college or university. Any and all taxes on any prize, including income and/or sales taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winners. In addition, there could be non-tax implications for prize recipients. We encourage potential recipients of any prize to consult their professional tax and other advisors or attorney. The winners of any prize will be issued a 1099 U.S. Tax Form.
Participant Eligibility. The Peace First Prize is only open to legal residents of the United States who are either (a) between the eighteen years of age and twenty-two years of age by January 1, 2013 or (b) in the case of an individual between eight years of age and eighteen years of age by January 1, 2013, a parent or legal guardian of the applicant. Entries are limited to individuals only; commercial enterprises and business entities are not eligible. By participating in the Peace First Prize, each participant accepts the conditions stated in these Official Rules, agrees to be bound by the decisions of Peace First and warrants that he or she is eligible to participate in the Peace First Prize. Employees, independent contractors, officers and directors of Peace First and its affiliates, subsidiaries, media partners and legal advisors, and their immediate family members and persons living in the same household, are not eligible to apply for the Peace First Prize. THE PEACE FIRST PRIZE IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW and is subject to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.
Submission Eligibility. Any application, including any content therein, submitted in connection with the Peace First Prize (“Application”) will only be eligible if such Application (a) showcases acts of peacemaking taking place and addressing issues in communities in the United States (as determined in Peace First’s sole discretion), (b) is submitted during the Peace First Prize Period, (c) meets the word count and time requirements included within the Application, (d) is in a format supported by the Website, (e) contains only the original content of the participant, (f) does not contain content that is unlawful, hateful or obscene, in Peace First’s sole discretion and (g) does not include any other identifiable individual other than the individual participant unless prior written express consent is obtained from such individual and delivered to Peace First in connection with submission of the Application. Peace First reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify Applications which Peace First determines at any time in its sole judgment to fail to meet any of these criteria.
SELECTION OF WINNERS:
Peace First and its designees will judge the Applications through multiple rounds and in a manner to be determined by Peace First and based on the significance of content, originality, creativity and overall presentation, among such other criteria as Peace First may consider. Where lawful, participants or their parents or legal guardians may be required to sign and return a Story Release, Publicity Release and Peace First Fellowship Agreement as a prerequisite to the participant being selected to proceed through any individual round of judging and as final selection as a winner. Winner selection will be made in Peace First’s sole and absolute discretion.
The winners will be notified by either e-mail, telephone or regular mail, using the information provided when the participant entered the Peace First Prize, within seven months of the Peace First Prize End Date. Such notification will include instructions for proper acceptance of the prizes by the winners. In the event a winner does not accept a prize, is ineligible or does not execute any forms required by Peace First or the prize or prize notification is not deliverable, an alternate winner may be selected. Peace First is not responsible for and will not be liable for late, lost, misdirected or unsuccessful efforts to notify a winner. The winners agree to Peace First’s use of their name, address, likeness, stories and/or prize information for promotional purposes in any medium without additional compensation to the extent permitted by law.
Peace First, and its agents, directors, officers, employees, insurers, affiliates, predecessors, successors, representatives and legal advisors (the “Released Entities”), are not responsible for, will not be liable for, and hereby disclaim all liability arising from or relating to: (i) late, lost, incomplete or unintelligible entries; (ii) electronic Internet, computer or other malfunctions or difficulties of any kind; (iii) failed, incomplete or delayed electronic transmissions; (iv) any condition caused by events beyond the control of Peace First; (v) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of any prize, or any portion thereof that may have been awarded; or (vi) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Peace First Prize. By participating in the Peace First Prize, participants and winners agree to release, discharge and hold harmless the Released Entities, and all others associated with the development and execution of the Peace First Prize, from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising out of or relating to the Peace First Prize, participation in the Peace First Prize, any prize, or any portion thereof that may have been awarded, and/or acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, or any portion thereof that may have been awarded, including but not limited to statutory and common law claims for misappropriation or participant’s right of publicity.
Peace First reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend, modify or cancel the Peace First Prize should any causes beyond Peace First’s control affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Peace First Prize. In the event that proper administration of the Peace First Prize is prevented by such causes as contemplated above, Peace First will pick the winners from all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to such action.
The Peace First Prize will be governed by Massachusetts law. By participating in the Peace First Prize, participants agree that Massachusetts courts will have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to the Peace First Prize and that venue will be only in Boston, Massachusetts.
The first name, last initial, city and state of the Peace First Prize winners and a copy of these Official Rules will be available on-line at the Website by November 30, 2013, and for 90 days thereafter. Such winner information will also be made available through social media outlets and press releases, and such winners may be given speaking opportunities at Peace First’s sole discretion.
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