Introducing Blake Campbell, Our 2015 FFA Scholarship Winner

Red Barn Media Group/Advanced Content® announces today that it has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Blake Campbell of Springville, Ala., through the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program.

Blake Campbell

Blake Campbell

In 2014, the National FFA Organization awarded $2.2 million in scholarships to more than 1,700 students. Scholarships are sponsored by businesses and individuals through the National FFA Foundation and are awarded based on FFA involvement, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), community service, leadership skills, and academics. This is the fourth year Red Barn has sponsored a scholarship through the program.

“Red Barn is proud to support our future leaders with this scholarship,” said Owner and Publisher Bruce Thomas. “FFA members are some of the most relentlessly positive young men and women you will ever meet. They are active, optimistic, and passionate about preserving the future of farming and rural America. We wanted to be a part of that process by encouraging that enthusiasm.”

Campbell is the son of Shane, a maintenance supervisor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Stacy, a dental hygienist. Campbell recently graduated from Springville High School where he had a 3.6 grade point average. He was active in the Springville High School FFA, winning several awards for livestock showing. “In 8th grade, I was so excited that the next year I would get into FFA,” says Blake. “Our ag teacher, Mr. Lamar Vann, was like my second dad.”

Blake’s grandparents introduced him to raising livestock at age 3. By age 10, Campbell had 200 chickens for which he was solely responsible. “I paid for the feed and everything,” he says. He bought non-thriving chickens and then “fed them and medicated them and sold them.” In addition, he began raising goats two years ago. “I’m on the verge of starting a dairy,” says Blake, 18. “I’m waiting on them to get old enough to breed.”

Campbell is attending Wallace State Community College for the next two years, followed by two years at Auburn University, majoring in poultry science. Next he will attend veterinary school. “I want to work on farm animals,” he says and plans to have a mobile service unit.

The young entrepreneur received financial assistance from several entities, including the Red Barn and FFA scholarship, for which he is grateful. “I’m so blessed to not have to be $100,000 in debt by the time I graduate with a four-year degree,” he says. “It has definitely made a difference.”