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RASF Scholarship winners recognised in Armidale Presentation

Posted on : 26 July 2018

The Royal Agricultural Society Foundation (RASF) has honoured New England-based students who are recipients of the 2018 RASF Rural Scholarships program.

At a function held at Booloominbah Homestead in Armidale last night, 10 students were recognised as recipients of the RASF Rural Scholarships which help towards covering the cost of their full or part-time tertiary studies.

The purpose of the scholarships is to assist rural-based students in the hope that following their graduation, they bring their newfound skills and qualifications back to their hometowns or other regional parts of New South Wales.

Whether that is through agriculture, the health services or education fields, the RASF scholarships aim to see qualifications targeted to where there is often a void.

RASF Manager Cecilia Logan reflected on last night’s presentations and the worthy recipients;

“This year’s scholarship winners have demonstrated a drive and dedication towards not only their personal pursuits, but their local communities,” Ms Logan said.

“The RAS Foundation is committed to helping rural Australians realise their potential through education.

2018 rural scholar Kieran Smith from Inverell mentioned the impact a helping hand can have on achieving his dreams within agriculture.  

“This scholarship has allowed me to focus on my studies by reducing the hours I need to work to support myself. I have also been able to participate in important events which allow me to make industry connections and meet like-minded people,”

Co-sponsored by NSW Merino Stud Breeders and the UNE Foundation, Kieran hopes to further his career in the merino and agricultural industry once he has completed his course.

Last night’s award ceremony will now be followed by presentations in Wagga Wagga and Sydney in coming weeks.

Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and desire to live, work and contribute to country NSW, and offer $6,000 for full-time study and $3,000 for part-time study.

Do you have what it takes to be a 2019 Rural Scholar? See the details here.

The RASF offers a range of student scholarships which can be viewed via our website

For further information, please contact:

Roger White

Manager, Public Relations

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

P: 02 9704 1453  

Nicola Dalby

Communications Coordinator

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

P: 02 9704 1401 E:

About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation:

The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships.

Visit for more information on the RAS Foundation.


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