2017 Unigo Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship winner and tips


We are excited to announce the winner of the $2,000 Unigo Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship. The fun question was, “Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies, and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Flesh out a plan to avoid the zombies, including where you’d hide and the top-five things you’d bring to stay alive.” Check out Julicia’s winning essay and scholarship tips.

Winning scholarship essay

Day 14, I remember it like it was yesterday. The CDC announced that the person that they were holding with the virus had escaped and everyone should keep watch. Then it started to spread. Quickly. It hit my neighbors, my parents, my school, then everyone around the world. Everyone, except me. I’m the only one alive now and I’m scared, lonely, and depressed. How long can I survive on my own? I’m outnumbered a million to one and my food source of leftovers from the cafeteria is running out. All I have with me are: a sword, a blanket, a family photo, a bottle, and a journal to keep all of my thoughts and experiences.

Writing is the only thing that I can do in order to keep me from losing my mind and giving up. I’m hiding in the school, but I know that I can’t hide here forever. It haunts me every night as I hear them, scratching and growling trying to get in, trying to kill me. I don’t get much sleep because it only takes a second for them to get me and humanity is lost forever. I often catch myself smiling when reliving memories with family and friends, then sobbing when I remember that I will never see them again. If you are reading this, that means that I’m gone and zombies have learned to read.

Scholarship tips from our winner

How to win scholarships

The key to winning a scholarship is finding a topic that you enjoy. Once you pick a topic that interests you, it becomes easier to have fun and pour your heart and soul into whatever you are writing. You can’t win a scholarship if you don’t apply, so don’t be afraid. Although it may sound impossible to be chosen, you have to try.

Where to find scholarships

I personally did scholarship matches and ask councilors from my school if they know any scholarships. Just ask around and play with the internet a little bit. You’ll be surprised at the various types of scholarships out there. 

Last day to enter is October 31st!
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