South Hagerstown grad receives scholarships from NROTC, Ravens Nest
From left, South Hagerstown High School Principal Richard Akers, U.S. Navy Petty Officer Joshua Werner and scholarship winner Colby Robinson. (Submitted photo)
He was named the recipient of a four-year Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship.
The scholarship process required Colby to complete an application with essays and conduct a one-on-one interview with a Naval commander. The scholarship process was competitive, with several thousand students applying for only a couple thousand scholarships available nationwide.
His scholarship was based on his high academic scores, participation in several athletic activities and duty to his community. He was informed of his selection during a presentation at the high school by a representative of the Navy. Colby was presented with an oversized check to represent the $180,000 scholarship.
Colby also was the recipient of the Tri-State Ravens Nest No. 12 True Grit Scholarship.
During his senior year of soccer, he sustained a season-ending injury when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a scrimmage. He was able to overcome this setback and return in time to be competitive during indoor and outdoor track and field. Colby was selected for the scholarship based on his academics, athletic activities, community activities and overcoming a hardship.
Mike Vaughn, representative of the Tri-State Ravens Nest No.12, presented Colby with a plaque and check.
Colby was active during his high school years participating in soccer, outdoor track and field, indoor track and field, and several high school organizations, such as the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association and Ecology Club.
He also provided assistance and mentored fellow students by being an AVID Tutor and Link Crew member. He participated in several community activities with the Special Olympics, Civil Air Patrol, American Red Cross, JFK 50 Mile and Wreaths Across America at Arlington (Va.) Cemetery.
He was also selected to be a student page for the state Senate during the 2011 General Assembly session while maintaining a high academic record in his rigorous course load.
During the annual All-Sports Banquet at South Hagerstown High School, Colby was recognized for his hard work by being the recipient of the principal’s award for athletic and academic excellence, as well as receiving the Allen K. Graham Memorial Male Athlete Scholarship.
He was also awarded the William Maletzky Athletic Scholarship and SHHS Athletic Boosters Scholarship during graduation.
Colby is attending Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., where he is majoring in physics. After graduating from VMI, Colby will be commissioned in the U.S. Navy.