Colby Volkernick

2021 Mountain Valley High School, Rumford 

$2500 Scholarship Sponsored by Northeast Bank 

My life has been given in caring for others.

Colby was seriously injured in a skiing accident when he was in seventh grade and spent a month at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital recuperating.  In appreciation of the volunteers who spent time with him, he began volunteering at Rumford Hospital, filling supplies and taking out trash. 

Since then, he’s logged more than 1000 hours at Central Maine Health Care. He brought the volunteer model to his high school, connecting students with a local nursing home where they earn community service credits.  He organized, staffed and attended weekend events for residents.   He took a CNA course while completing high school, and plans a career in nursing.

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