2016 Unigo Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship winner and tips

By Unigo
02/04/2017
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We're excited to announce the winner of the Unigo Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship. The question was, “Imagine that your high school or college has been overrun with zombies and flesh out a plan to avoid them.” Check out the winning essay, followed by scholarship tips from our winner.

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Winning scholarship essay

To be sung to "Hamilton - My Shot" instrumental

I am not throwing away this shot
I am not gonna get myself caught
Hey yo, I have my pistol ready
I’m here to shoot some zombies
And I’m not throwing away this shot!

I’ll be running 'cross these infested halls
I can’t stop to think or blink, can’t drop the ball
Walkers coming at me as I push past a broken wall

I gotta squeeze through so I don’t die
With no time to cry, give it your all!

Water running half empty, or maybe half full
Tryin’ to get back home. My newfound home? A teacher’s room!

Only nineteen, but I have to act older
These school halls act as a holder, a bolder
way of livin’, supplies needing salvage
Roofs with better vantage, running low on bandage
I need this plan managed

The plan is mismanaged. Hark! I hear my name
Its Ms. Fran with zombies around her, she exclaims

Please don’t
Try to
Rescue me
Please just
Run, go
Without me

I fearlessly shoot like a hero wannabe
The walkers fall, but I can still hear her screams
Eventually, they’ll fall with my weaponry
And it'll end victoriously, so
can we just get to the chorus, please?

I am not throwing away this shot
I am not gonna get myself caught
Hey yo, I have my pistol ready
I’m here to shoot some zombies
And I’m not throwing away my
Not throwing away my shot

Scholarship tips from our winner

Damien P.

How to find scholarships

When I first started researching scholarships, I found it difficult to find any that I qualified for. I was unsure how to locate scholarships to begin with, which discouraged me from pushing on with my scholarship search. However, my school mentioned to me that they provide a free scholarship search engine program. This proved to be very helpful, as it located the Unigo Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship, along with Unigo’s vast resources, which are beneficial to any current or future students.

How to write a winning scholarship essay

Writing a winning scholarship essay can be accomplished by using the three F’s: forming, feedback, and fun! Start with forming your bare-bones response to the prompt, get feedback from AS MANY SOURCES AS POSSIBLE, repeat the two F’s as much as possible, and have fun! It's easier to have a winning essay if you really enjoy the creative process!

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