Introducing Ari Fomby, Our 2016 FFA Scholarship Winner

Red Barn Media Group/Advanced Content awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Ari Fomby through the National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program. Fomby is a resident of Pell City, Alabama, a town located about 30 minutes south of Birmingham.

Ari Fomby

Ari Fomby

In 2015, the National FFA Organization awarded $2.7 million in scholarships to more than 1,800 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 fifth year Red Barn has sponsored a scholarship through the program.

Fomby is the daughter of Malinda Fomby, a human resources representative, and Derrien Fomby, a real estate agent. Fomby, a senior at Pell City High School, will graduate on May 26th.

Of her involvement with the FFA, Fomby says she developed her love for animals early in life, caring for the horses and lambs on her grandparents’ farm. “Then my freshman year of high school I took an animal science course. After that, I made up my mind that I wanted to be veterinarian.” Sophomore year, she was invited to be on the FFA’s horse and livestock judging team.

During her time as the treasurer of the FFA, Fomby won reserve champion at the Montgomery Show and 1st place in showmanship at the Clay County Show, both in Alabama, and she will continue to show her lambs in the months following graduation. “The FFA is a big responsibility that has taught me a lot,” Fomby says.

As for college, Fomby plans to continue to expand on what she’s learned in the FFA, attending Jeff State for two years to take basic courses, then transferring to Alabama A&M to study veterinary science. Her long term goals are to be a mixed practice veterinarian working with animals big and small, and to help out her grandparents with their Charolaise and Black Angus operation. “As my grandparents get older they need someone to take care of things. I want to step up and take responsibility for the animals.”

Red Barn Media Group, a brand publishing firm and publisher of FarmLife and, is a proud supporter of the National FFA Foundation. Said Owner and Publisher Bruce Thomas: “We believe in the mission of the FFA—to support, train and inspire those interested in agriculture and leadership. The organization is a positive force in helping future generations meet the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities before them.

“We wish Ms. Fomby and all FFA members well in their endeavors. These young people are some of the most relentlessly positive 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.”