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RASF empowers North West tertiary students to reach dreams

22 Jun 2016

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016 The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is proud to announce 12 students from North West NSW were among 58 recipients awarded Rural Scholarships in 2016, an initiative designed to ensure an increased flow of skilled people to rural and regional NSW communities. The students are: Harriet Amey (Dubbo), Lachlan Barden (Narrabri), Grace Best (Grenfell), Jane Brien (Wellington), Zeb Coxsedge (Gilgandra), Samuel Tyack (Wirrinya), Shae Parsons (Loomberah), Tara Langfield (Narrabri), Camilla Kenny (Mendooran), Eliza Kelly (Trundle), Amy Hopkins (Wyalong) and Adam Harber (Urunga). Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and desire to live, work and contribute to country NSW, and offer $5,000 for full-time study and $2,500 for part-time study. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross, said this is the most diverse group of students the RAS Foundation has supported since the inception of the program in 2011, and is thrilled the Foundation will again provide a stepping stone for bright futures. "This year the RAS Foundation will proudly support an incredibly diverse group of talented individuals, all with unique and inspiring backgrounds. We have mature aged students, a single father, a Vietnamese refugee as well as a young Indigenous woman, who is the first of 52 grandchildren to attend University; and that’s just a few  of the 58," Ms Ross said. "The RAS Foundation is committed to helping rural Australians realise their potential through education. Each year, we are impressed with the quality of applicants and inspired by their journeys. "We again look forward to supporting these rural-minded students as they work towards achieving their goals," Ms Ross said. Applications for the RASF's 2017 Rural Scholarship open on 1 July 2016 and can be accessed online at rasnsw.com.au/foundation The RAS Foundation has awarded over $1.4m to rural scholarship recipients since 2011.   For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Danielle Sammut - Marketing Coordinator P: (02) 9704 1239 | E: dsammut@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

RASF empowers Mid North Coast of NSW tertiary students to reach dreams

22 Jun 2016

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016 The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is proud to announce that 5 students from Mid North Coast of NSW were among 58 recipients awarded Rural Scholarships in 2016, an initiative designed to ensure an increased flow of skilled people to rural and regional NSW communities. The students are: Cassandra Bayliss (North Boambee Valley), Josie Clarke (Kempsey), Napassorn Holmes (Forster), Brianna Love (Sancrox), Sophie Smethurst (Upper Lansdowne), Hannah Southcott (Comboyne). Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and desire to live, work and contribute to country NSW, and offer $5,000 for full-time study and $2,500 for part-time study. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross, said this is the most diverse group of students the RAS Foundation has supported since the inception of the program in 2011, and is thrilled the Foundation will again provide a stepping stone for bright futures. "This year the RAS Foundation will proudly support an incredibly diverse group of talented individuals, all with unique and inspiring backgrounds. We have mature aged students, a single father, a Vietnamese refugee as well as a young Indigenous woman, who is the first of 52 grandchildren to attend University; and that's just a few of the 58," Ms Ross said. "The RAS Foundation is committed to helping rural Australians realise their potential through education. Each year, we are impressed with the quality of applicants and inspired by their journeys." "We again look forward to supporting these rural-minded students as they work towards achieving their goals," Ms Ross said. Applications for the RASF's 2017 Rural Scholarship open on 1 July 2016 and can be accessed online at rasnsw.com.au/foundation . The RAS Foundation has awarded over $1.4m to rural scholarship recipients since 2011.   For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Danielle Sammut - Marketing Coordinator P: (02) 9704 1239 | E: dsammut@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

RASF empowers Hunter tertiary students to reach dreams

22 Jun 2016

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016 The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is proud to announce that 4 students from the Hunter region were among 58 recipients awarded Rural Scholarships in 2016, an initiative designed to ensure an increased flow of skilled people to rural and regional NSW communities. The students are: Alex Beckett (Maitland), Hayley Fairfull (Merriwa), Hannah Haines (Singleton) and Phoebe Prowse (Singleton). Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and desire to live, work and contribute to country NSW, and offer $5,000 for full-time study and $2,500 for part-time study. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross, said this is the most diverse group of students the RAS Foundation has supported since the inception of the program in 2011, and is thrilled the Foundation will again provide a stepping stone for bright futures. "This year the RAS Foundation will proudly support an incredibly diverse group of talented individuals, all with unique and inspiring backgrounds. We have mature aged students, a single father, a Vietnamese refugee as well as a young Indigenous woman, who is the first of 52 grandchildren to attend University; and that's just a few of the 58," Ms Ross said. "The RAS Foundation is committed to helping rural Australians realise their potential through education. Each year, we are impressed with the quality of applicants and inspired by their journeys." "We again look forward to supporting these rural-minded students as they work towards achieving their goals," Ms Ross said. Applications for the RASF's 2017 Rural Scholarship open on 1 July 2016 and can be accessed online at rasnsw.com.au/foundation . The RAS Foundation has awarded over $1.4m to rural scholarship recipients since 2011.   For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Danielle Sammut - Marketing Coordinator P: (02) 9704 1239 | E: dsammut@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

RASF empowers Central West tertiary students to reach dreams

22 Jun 2016

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016 The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation is proud to announce that 7 students from the Central West were among 58 recipients awarded Rural Scholarships in 2016, an initiative designed to ensure an increased flow of skilled people to rural and regional NSW communities. The students are: Heather Earney (Bedgerabong), Stephanie Gorham (Frogmore), Angela Hamilton (Mudgee), Brenton Hawken (Parkes), Emily Price (Cowra), Lachlan Smith (Mendooran) and Annika Brown (Neville). Scholarships are awarded to students based on financial need and desire to live, work and contribute to country NSW, and offer $5,000 for full-time study and $2,500 for part-time study. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross, said this is the most diverse group of students the RAS Foundation has supported since the inception of the program in 2011, and is thrilled the Foundation will again provide a stepping stone for bright futures. "This year the RAS Foundation will proudly support an incredibly diverse group of talented individuals, all with unique and inspiring backgrounds. We have mature aged students, a single father, a Vietnamese refugee as well as a young Indigenous woman, who is the first of 52 grandchildren to attend University; and that's just a few  of the 58," Ms Ross said. "The RAS Foundation is committed to helping rural Australians realise their potential through education. Each year, we are impressed with the quality of applicants and inspired by their journeys." "We again look forward to supporting these rural-minded students as they work towards achieving their goals," Ms Ross said. Applications for the RASF's 2017 Rural Scholarship open on 1 July 2016 and can be accessed online at www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation . The RAS Foundation has awarded over $1.4m to rural scholarship recipients since 2011.   For further information, including high resolution images, please contact: Danielle Sammut - Marketing Coordinator P: (02) 9704 1239 | E: dsammut@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

Hunter Valley's Alex Beckett Awarded 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship

21 Jun 2016

Wednesday, 21 June, 2016 Born and bred Hunter Valley wine enthusiast, Alex Beckett, has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship. Mr Beckett, a fourth year Viticulture and Oenology student at the University of Adelaide, will receive $5,000 towards his tertiary studies, as well as the opportunity to steward at the 2016 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, from 18 to 21 July. Sydney Royal Wine Show Committee Chair, Lyndey Milan OAM, said the scholarship provides invaluable experience and support to young winemakers. "It's wonderful to be able to offer the opportunity of stewarding at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. Mr Beckett showed his enthusiasm by joining us last year too, but this year will provide him with greater insight into the judging of wines from across Australia, and the chance to network and learn from industry experts, including our dynamic international judge, Michelle Bouffard," Ms Milan said. Despite not being brought up in a wine-making family, Mr Beckett grew up around wineries and had the opportunity to immerse himself in the industry. His first job was at a cellar door, and he has since grown into a knowledgeable and passionate young man with long term career aspirations in the industry.  "I was very lucky to have grown up in the Hunter, which has created opportunities from my first cellar door job through to this amazing Scholarship opportunity," Mr Beckett said. "This year, I'm proud to be named as this year's 2016 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship winner and so thankful for the opportunity. I've been to several wine show's around the country and I believe Sydney's is the best, so I'm thrilled to be involved and am looking forward to gaining greater industry knowledge before I graduate university this year. "One of my favourite varieties is my home regions Hunter Valley Semillon, due to its unique flavour and quality, and I'm very much looking forward to helping build the quality of not only the Hunter's products, but Australia's in my career ahead," said Mr Beckett. RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross said that the partnership between the Foundation and the Sydney Royal Wine Committee helps foster the industry at the grassroots level. "This scholarship was created to assist in the development of Australia's next generation of wine industry leaders. Mr Beckett is a very worthy recipient and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop his passion and skills as he completes his studies," Ms Ross said. The Graham Thorp Memorial Scholarship is a joint initiative of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation and KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. It was created in honour of the past Chairman Graham Thorp, who presided over the Wine Committee from 1984-1990, and aims to foster the development of Australia’s next generation of wine industry leaders. 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  www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation  for more information on the RAS Foundation.   For media enquiries, including high resolution images, please contact: James Riordan - Public Relations Manager M: 0419 483 407 | P: (02) 9704 1453 | E: jriordan@rasnsw.com.au Read more

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Foundations for the future

29 Oct 2015

WORDS: Nicola Conville (This article first appeared in the October 2015 edition of RAS Times) Founded in 2010, the Royal Agricultural Society Foundation (RASF) Rural Scholarship program has helped 230 students achieve their educational and career goals. We catch up with four past recipients to find out how the scholarship impacted their lives. Read more
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