You Don’t Need Brains to Win This Zombie Scholarship
1. Keep It RealThe scholarship prompt states that zombies have taken over your high school or college campus, so be sure your story/essay takes place in one of these locations. It’s also very important that any of the five items you select can be found at your school. This means arming yourself with a crossbow (we love you Daryl!) or stealing a tank is probably not feasible. Thankfully, there are still plenty of great weapons to be found (or made), if you use your imagination. Close your eyes and try to envision where you are when the zombies swarm. If you’re near the gym or ROTC room, you can easily find something to arm yourself or protect yourself from deadly bites. Even the cafeteria or restrooms can offer some protection. Just be creative, and keep it real.
2. Engage the ReaderNothing is more boring than spitting back the scholarship prompt or simply listing the five items you intend to use. If you want a real shot at winning the $2,000, you’ll need to get creative and engage your reader. This can be done in a variety of ways other than a basic academic essay. Remember, you only have 250 words to work with, so think outside the box. Maybe you can use the five items to create a haiku? If you like music, consider turning your response into a catchy song refrain. Should you go with a traditional essay, make sure it tells a story and keeps your reader’s interest.
3. Follow the RulesAs we said previously, your written response must be 250 words or less. If it is 251 words or more, you’ll be disqualified, so double-check your word count before hitting the submit button. Review your work to verify it includes the five necessary items for survival, a place where you plan to hide (or make your last stand), and actually takes place at your school. If your submission meets these guidelines, it should be good to go. Another thing you’ll want to double-check is your eligibility to apply for the scholarship.
- Are you a legal U.S. resident?
- Are you at least 13 years of age or older?
- Are you currently enrolled or planning to enroll in college by 2020?