Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship: Because a Brain Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Do you lie awake at night making plans for the zombie apocalypse?

Better yet, do you already have a “go bag” and escape route planned in case the flesh-eating undead surface?

If so, then we found a scholarship for you, boils and ghouls. But beware, it will take a little brains to make the final cut.

What is the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship?

This annual scholarship awards $2,000 toward the winner’s college education for the best written essay on surviving the zombie apocalypse.

Don’t moan and groan at the word “essay.”

You have 250 words or less to detail a survival plan. Technically, that’s $8 per word if you win — and write a full 250 words.

Needless to say, that is going to take some deadication.

Are You Eligible to Win the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship?

Unlike the chaos of a post-apocalyptic world, there are a few rules to enter this scholarship.

All applicants must be at least 13 years old and legal residents of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

In addition, you must be enrolled in an accredited postsecondary institution of higher education when you apply or by the fall of 2024.

How to Apply for the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

The premise of this year’s essay is survival. Student essays must answer the following question:

“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.”

Essays will be judged 25% on creativity, 25% on originality, 25% on writing ability and 25% on overall excellence. The rules state that judges are looking for applicants who follow directions and creatively address the topic.

The deadline to apply for the Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship is October 31, 2018, aka Halloween.

How’s that for spooky?

Don’t be scared to dig in. We suggest going with your gut instinct.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She wrote more than 250 words in this article.