Second round of rural scholarships open
THE Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) is searching for people who have a passion for making a positive difference to rural and regional NSW.
Applications are now open for the second round of RAS Foundation Rural Scholarships.
RASF executive officer Jocellin Jansson said the scholarships aim to reduce some of the financial challenges rural students often face when it comes to pursuing their post high school education and training goals.
The RASF Rural Scholarships offer grants of up to $5,000 each to assist people from rural areas to pursue their dreams of higher education and who, in turn, are motivated to help build strong and vibrant communities of the future.
‘‘The scholarships are also about fostering and encouraging an active interest in rural affairs.
‘‘We are looking for people who want to make a contribution to the future of rural NSW,’’ Ms Jansson said.
Students could be studying anything from teaching, engineering, physiotherapy and nursing to agricultural science and commerce and anything in between.
There is no limit on the age of applicants or the types of courses they wish to pursue, so long as they are determined to use their skills for the betterment of their local region.
Applicants may wish to study at university, TAFE or another accredited education institution on a full-time or part-time basis.
In 2011, 37 rural scholarships were awarded to students studying a diverse array of courses.
‘‘It is this broad cross section of skills and capabilities that will ensure our rural communities thrive for generations to come,’’ Ms Jansson said.
■ Applications for the RAS Foundation Rural Scholarships can be submitted by visiting www.rasf.org.au . Entries close September 30.