The team at the Law Offices of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. started the R.F. Wittmeyer Community Service Scholarship to recognize students who serve their communities. This year, we are proud to select Colby Costa as the recipient of the R.F. Wittmeyer Community Service Scholarship.
In the past, we have always tried to meet with our scholarship winner in person, but this year due to the current pandemic, we met with Colby through a Zoom call. Colby joined us from his college dorm room at Eastern Kentucky Univ. in Richmond, Kentucky. He was very grateful and humble about receiving our community scholarship this year.
We told Colby that the competition was very stiff this year, and what set him apart was not only his dedication to school and sports, but his commitment and leadership in his community service projects. He told me more about the 5k race he organized last November as a Student Ambassador for the Wounded Warrior Project and how the support from his community was much more that he expected. Colby said even after the race people who were unable to participate wanted to know how they could get involved next year. Perhaps the most impressive part of Colby organizing this event was that he was doing all of the organizing from a hospital bed, or wheelchair, after injuring his leg in his homecoming HS football game.
To learn more about Colby’s story, read on below.
2019-2020 Scholarship Winner: Colby Costa
Reaction Statement: “Thank you so much to everyone involved in the Law Offices Of R.F. Wittmeyer, Ltd. Community Service Scholarship. Throughout my High School career, being involved in community service made such an impact on my life. Growing up in a small town, I seemed to be involved in almost every community event; from coaching Little League and Youth Football, to being a member of my local fire department and organizing a community Veteran fundraiser, I loved making an impact in my community.
Being awarded this scholarship means so much to me. This past fall I was on track to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. Knowing that West Point is extremely difficult to get into. I had a full-ride military scholarship as a backup. Since I was set to go to college for little to no expense, community service and helping others was a passion for me. Then, during my senior homecoming football game, I suffered from a traumatic injury to my leg and ankle. It required extensive surgery and left me medically disqualified from the military.
After the injury, I began my search for a new college plan and career. Having been extremely involved in my fire department and loving every moment of it, I began looking into fire science programs. I am now a student at Eastern Kentucky University studying Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation for a Bachelor of Science and an Associates in Paramedicine. I am extremely grateful for this scholarship allowing me to be able to pursue a career where I can continue to help people and serve my community.”
We are always impressed with the number of submissions discussing how applicants have worked toward helping their neighbors, and we want all applicants to know that we are proud of their accomplishments and honored that they chose to share their stories with us. We look forward to running this scholarship again next year, so stay tuned for more information.