Sec­ond round of ru­ral schol­ar­ships open

Southern Riverina news - - Rural Outlook -

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.

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