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William V. Campbell Memorial Scholarship Announced

February 21, 2022

A scholarship new to the US Rugby Foundation in 2022 is the William V. Campbell Memorial Scholarship. Named after US Rugby Hall of Famer, the late William “Bill” Campbell, this scholarship will be awarded to the college freshman who demonstrates a prowess on the rugby field and in the classroom.

Bill Campbell is an American rugby blue blood. The Columbia University grad was well versed in football and was eventually recruited to the rugby pitch. He co-founded the Columbia University RFC (in 1961) because he understood the impact rugby could make in a community. With the help of other Columbia graduates, Campbell also helped found the renowned Old Blue RFC in New York City in 1963. His vision for Old Blue was to connect Columbia alumni athletes with a combination of championship caliber rugby and camaraderie. He captained and served as president of Old Blue, leading the club to numerous 15s and 7s championships over many years. His impact on Old Blue and U.S.A. rugby extends far beyond the pitch. Campbell was a passionate philanthropist within the rugby community, funding resources for Old Blue, Columbia, and U.S.A. Rugby. Campbell is remembered and celebrated for both his brawn and brains; a dynamic rugger and a highly regarded Silicon Valley executive.

College football has a trophy named for Bill. The William V. Campbell Trophy is awarded by the National Football Foundation to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance. It is considered by many to be the “Academic Heisman” and nicknamed as such.

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