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Blue Mountains Man secures inaugural Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship

24 Oct 2017

Aspiring NSW winemaker Tom Colman has been named as the inaugural recipient of the Sydney Royal Wine Assessment scholarship. The scholarship is the result of a partnership between the Sydney Royal Wine Committee and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation, RASF. The aim of the scholarship is to encourage and support young professionals passionate about wine and committed to forging a career in the Australian wine industry. Growing up at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains gave now 26 year old Tom a passion for the outdoors. Despite this being a distance from the established winemaking regions, Tom's passion for agriculture and viticulture spurred him towards a degree in winemaking and viticulture to which he graduated with honours. During his degree he spent his free time working for various winemakers in the Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills, such as James Erskine at Jauma and Alex Schulkin at The Other Right. Since then he has worked for a variety of wineries within America, Spain and north-eastern France. Tom says he is particularly excited by the opportunity to witness and contribute to changing wine styles and consumer education about the Australian wine industry. This has led him to start a small wine project with his father called Frankly Wines which uses fruit fermented in the family garage. "I’ve always dedicated my time and energy into bettering others and helping others achieve their goals," Tom Colman said. "It means a lot to me that this has been seen and that I can take a step back for a minute and focus on improving myself. "I hope to use all this knowledge to make myself a better taster and improve my knowledge on the world of wine. "I hope to do some associate judging in the future or some broader commentary on wine,” Tom said. The Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship, valued at $6000, will see Tom Colman take up a fully paid position at the Australian Wine Research Institute’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course next month in Adelaide.   For further information please contact: Roger White Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) P: 02 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

RAS Scholarship Applications Closing Soon

1 Sep 2017

Scholarships - they are at the very heart of the not-for-profit Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS). The RAS offers numerous valuable scholarships each year through its charitable arm, the RAS Foundation. Applications close on 30 September 2017 on four of these scholarships. They are; The JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship RAS Foundation Rural Scholarship Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship The JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism is offered to a journalism student who has a passion and desire to report on issues affecting rural and regional communities. It includes a $10,000 scholarship as well as practical work experience in the commercial media and the Sydney Royal Easter Show Media Centre. The JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism was established to encourage quality coverage of rural and regional affairs by Australian journalists. It was created through a donation by Mr John B Fairfax AO and is managed by the RAS Foundation. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation to find out more about the scholarship and to complete the online application form. The Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship is a grant designed to reward a tertiary student who is passionate about pursuing a career in the Australian wine industry. A number of past recipients of the Wine Scholarship have gone on to successful careers as winemakers, either at their own wineries of for some of the nation’s leading winemaking names. Applications for the 2018 award can be completed online through the RASF website http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/sydney-royal-wine-study-scholarship/ The RAS Foundation Rural Scholarship is an initiative designed to ensure an increased flow of skilled people to rural and regional NSW communities. Scholarships are awarded to tertiary students based on financial need and desire to play an active part in the future of rural NSW. A record 64 recipients received grants in 2017. Applications for the RASF 2018 Rural Scholarships can be accessed online at http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/ras-rural-scholarships/ The Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship aims to foster the development of Australia’s next generation of NSW dairy produce industry leaders. As well as a grant towards full-time or part-time study the successful recipient will also have the opportunity to steward at the 2018 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show in February. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/sydney-royal-dairy-produce-scholarship/ to find out more about the scholarship and to complete the online application form. Murray Wilton, General Manager Agriculture & Sydney Royal Easter Show, is pleased to announce that 2018 scholarships will increase, with $6000 granted to full-time students and $3000 for part-time study, up from $5000 and $2500. “The RAS Foundation is aware of the increasing costs for country students and the incredible difference our scholarships can make,” Mr Wilton said. “Moving away from home in order to continue with education is a big decision and one that carries significant and growing costs for students. Hopefully the increase in our scholarship will make a big difference as they pursue higher education,” he said. Applications for the four scholarships detailed above close at 5pm, September 30, 2017. Ends. Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation. For further information please contact: Roger White, Manager, Public Relations p (02) 9704 1453 m 0478 092 425 e rwhite@rasnsw.com.au Read more

Sydney Royal Wine Committee announces new Wine Scholarship

1 Aug 2017

The Sydney Royal Wine Committee, in partnership with the Royal Agricultural Society (of NSW) Foundation has announced a new and exciting industry scholarship opportunity to benefit a young person passionate about the Australian Wine industry. The Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship is the result of the continued success of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. The successful scholarship recipient will receive a fully paid position at the Australian Wine Research Institute's Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) taking place in Adelaide from Monday 20th – Thursday 23rd November, 2017. This new scholarship initiative has been made possible through an online auction of excess wine from the previous year’s Sydney Royal Wine Show, with the specific purpose of raising funds to support the Australian Wine industry through grants and scholarships. Chair of the Sydney Royal Wine Committee, Sally Evans, said it made sense to utilize the high-quality excess wine from the show to create career opportunities for young people in the wine industry. “We are delighted to introduce this new scholarship, funded by the sale of surplus wine show stock. It provides us with the opportunity to support the Australian Wine industry through the development of outstanding young industry professionals,” Ms Evans said. “The AWAC course is a world-class programme and we’re thrilled to provide this opportunity to a young person in our local wine industry,” she said. Value of Scholarship: $6,000 Applications Open: 1st August 2017 Applications Close: 17th September 2017 Eligibility Guidelines: Open to applicants 30 years and under. Applicants must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident. Applicants must be employed in the Australian Wine Industry or engaged in study in a related course. Applications can be made online by visiting www.rasnsw.com.au/scholarships For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Roger White – Manager, Public Relations M: 0478 092 425 | P: 02 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au 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 www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation. Read more

Applications open for JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism

3 Jul 2017

July 3, 2017 The rich tradition of Australian rural journalism is being celebrated once more through the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation's JB Fairfax Award. Applications have now opened for the 2018 JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism, the scholarship now entering its tenth year. This year there is a new twist to the Award, with the traditional request to write on a subject selected by the RASF replaced with an invitation to write an inspirational piece on a member of rural or regional Australia. RAS Foundation Executive Director Kate Ross says there is no end to the long list of colourful and inspirational characters who have and continue to make up the fabric of rural and regional Australia; “This is a golden opportunity for our journalists of the future to uncover some of the great stories that are out there but have in many cases gone unheralded,” Ms Ross said. This year the JB Fairfax Award scholarship has received a significant boost, with the addition of an internship opportunity with the ABC in Brisbane working on the iconic Landline and Country Hour programs and in the online newsroom. This internship will complement a suite of internships the award winner will have access to, including with Fairfax Agricultural Media’s The Land newspaper and the RAS Media Team at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The JB Fairfax Award also includes a $10,000 cash prize. The most recent winner of the JB Fairfax Award was Singleton’s Elise Pfeiffer, who as part of her $10,000 scholarship, worked with the media team covering the many stories that emerged from the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show. Elise, a third year Journalism student at the University of Newcastle, says it was an invaluable learning opportunity and rates it as one of her best life experiences to date; “As a part of the scholarship I travelled down to Sydney to participate in the Sydney Royal Easter Show internship program - a fast paced two-week glimpse into the world of media,” said Elise. “As a third and final year journalism student, the opportunities the internship program offered were unlike any other work placement I could have dreamed of, whether it was being a part of a live television broadcast or assisting in a photoshoot. “Meeting John Fairfax was definitely one of the invaluable and defining moments of my time in Sydney,” Elise said. Applications close 30 September, 2017 with the successful recipient announced early 2018. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation to find out more about the scholarship, the editorial requirements and to complete the online application form. The JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism was established to encourage quality coverage of rural and regional affairs by local journalists. It operates through a generous annual donation by Mr John B Fairfax and is managed by the RAS Foundation. For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Roger White – Manager, Public Relations Royal Agricultural Society of NSW P: (02) 9704 1453| E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au   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 www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/  for more information on the RAS Foundation. Read more

Budding Viticulturist Hannah McKay Awarded 2017 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship

1 Jun 2017

1 June, 2017 A decision to trade a business career to follow her passion in the Australian wine industry has paid off for Hannah McKay of NSW, with her being awarded the prestigious 2017 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship. Ms McKay, a part-time Viticulture student studying by distance at Charles Sturt University from her base in Margaret River, Western Australia, will receive $3,500 towards her tertiary studies as well as the opportunity to steward at the 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show this coming July. Sydney Royal Wine Committee Chair, Sally Evans, commended Ms McKay for her inspiring vision of how she plans to be involved in the future success of the Australian wine industry. “It’s wonderful to be able to offer the opportunity of stewarding at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine show to Ms McKay, who will benefit greatly from the learnings and networks she will receive access to. She not only impressed us with her passion for viticulture but also her desire to play a leading role in encouraging more young women into the wine industry,” Ms Evans said. Employed by iconic winery Vasse Felix, 28 year old Ms McKay has a passion for plants and wine and is focussed on finding ways to combine traditional farming practices, land management techniques and native species in a vineyard setting. “I’m thrilled to be selected for this amazing scholarship and excited about the opportunities it will bring as I work towards my goal of being a leading female viticulturist. The scholarship has encouraged me to further develop my learning in the field and classroom to reveal more sustainable ways of growing wine grapes in Australia,” said Ms McKay. “My wine journey began when I left an office career and started working in vineyards near my family home in the Southern Highlands wine region. I instantly fell in love with the industry and each day I look forward to what I’m going to learn and then implement in the vineyard.” “I am excited to connect with other like-minded people across Australia at the upcoming wine show and will use this scholarship to strengthen the precision and quality of Australian viticulture and wine,” she said. The judging panel was so impressed with the high quality of applications that for the first time in history, a runner up scholarship was awarded. The 2017 runner-up honour has gone to Nicholas Conolly, a Bachelor of Wine Science student at Charles Sturt University. Originally studying local government in Sydney, Mr Conolly’s passion for the wine industry was sparked while on work experience at a winery in Orange. Mr Conolly has since relocated to South Australia where he works for Kirrihill Wines in the Clare Valley. The Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship honours the memory and contribution of Graham Thorp, Chair of the Sydney Royal Wine Committee from 1984 – 1990. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross, said the scholarship offers a welcome financial boost to our next generation of wine industry leaders as they strive to excel in their chosen careers. “The fact that our two 2017 scholarship recipients have chosen to relocate far from home and undertake distance studies while working in the wine industry shows a real commitment,” Ms Ross said. In 2018 the scholarship will increase to $6,000 for full time study or $3,000 towards part time study. Applications for the 2018 award open on 1 August 2017 and can be completed online through the RASF website http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/sydney-royal-wine-scholarship/ <Ends> For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Roger White – Manager, Public Relations M: 0478 092 425 | P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: rwhite@rasnsw.com.au 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 www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation. Read more

COMMUNITIES BACK IN THE KITCHEN THANKS TO FOUNDATION

16 Apr 2017

Thousands of people will enjoy cooking demonstrations at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show but none will be more excited than the town of Boggabri which will receive a cash prize and a full range of state-of-the-art Euromaid appliances used in The Australian Women's Weekly Theatre Kitchen. Read more

The Showbag that gives back

8 Apr 2017

Showgoers have an exciting opportunity to make a difference in country NSW by purchasing an Ag Bag at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, the only Showbag where 100 per cent of proceeds directly support rural and regional communities. Read more

Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship awarded to Elizabeth Tonge

23 Mar 2017

Elizabeth Tonge, a veterinary student from Casino, will help shape the future of the NSW dairy industry as the winner of the 2017 Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship awarded by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF). The scholarship supports tertiary students who are passionate about pursuing a career in the dairy industry and fosters the development of future NSW agricultural leaders. Ms Tonge received the $5,000 scholarship awarded in partnership with the Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Committee to support her career aspirations in the NSW dairy industry. She is studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and is looking forward to assisting farmers in optimising herd health. “I plan to move back to a rural area at the end of my studies to support dairy farmers in disease management and prevention. I want to help improve the sustainability and profitability of their farms,” the third-year student said. Dairy is the third largest rural industry in Australia valued at more than $13 billion and directly employs around 38,000 people. “The dairy industry is exciting and multi-faceted, offering a lot of educational opportunities. If you’re prepared to jump in it can really take you anywhere,” Ms Tonge said. Growing up on a northern NSW dairy farm ignited the 21-year-old’s passion for the industry and the people in it. Included in the scholarship was the opportunity to steward at the 2017 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show earlier this month where world-class producers benchmarked their product against competitors. “It was an eye-opening opportunity to learn about the end products of milk and the link from farm management to what the consumer receives,” Ms Tonge said. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross, said the calibre of applicants was exceptional and applications were received from students representing a variety of educational pursuits. “Elizabeth came up against some very tough competition but impressed us with her passion for the industry not only at a local level but much more broadly in terms of her overall involvement. "Elizabeth showed us that she really is a future leader who is actively and enthusiastically striving for a career which will contribute to the positive future of our dairy industry,” Ross said. The Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship is made possible by a donation from Country Valley, a long-time Sydney Royal award-winning producer. 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 community grants and scholarships. Visit rasf.org.au to learn more about the charitable RAS Foundation. Read more
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