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Rural-minded students honoured at Armidale Presentation

Posted on : 19 July 2019

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation travelled to Armidale on Wednesday to honour eight of its 2019 Rural Scholarship recipients.

Attended by Hon. Adam Marshall MP, Minister of Agriculture and Western New South Wales, and University of New England Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor, Professor's James Harris and Brigid Heywood, the night was a celebration of youth in rural and regional New South Wales.

"The rural scholarship program aims to support the future of rural and regional communities by backing our youth," says RAS Foundation Manager, Cecilia Logan.

"There can be many barriers to further education for students from rural areas and this grant provides that extra financial help to buy textbooks, pay rent and make life a little easier for students studying full or part-time. Through the program, we hope to not only support students but the local communities they will one day return home to with newfound skills.

"Recipients are selected by their desire to give back to the community, whether that be through health services, education, agriculture or other areas."

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

2020 Rural Scholarship applications are now open and rural-minded students are encouraged to apply.

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

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